Blogs of the Week – 05 February, 2016

A discussion about whether or not we focus on too many topics superficially and gives some suggestions on how to narrow our focus and add greater depth to learning.
2. “Thinking hard and why we avoid it” by Alex Quigley.
This is part one in a series about thinking skills and cognitive load (some of you may recall an article about cognitive load theory by Greg Ashman in an earlier Blog of the Week email). It’s a long read but it’s worthwhile sticking to the end.

Blogs of the Week – 29 January, 2016

The third part of this series of posts looks at group behaviour as opposed to individual.
A good discussion on the need to differentiate between praise and acknowledgement with some links to further reading.

Blogs of the Week – 22 January, 2015

1. The Psychology of Behaviour Management, Part 2 by Nick Rose:

Following on from part 1 last week which looked at various psychology theories and how they impact on student behaviour, part 2 looks in depth at restorative justice and its links with psychology.
2. Why I hate highlighters! by Alex Quigley
An interesting read on questioning the use of highlighters as a tool for revision.

Blogs of the Week – 15 January, 2015

1: A Liberal Education and CVC by Stuart Lock

Stuart is the headteacher at Cottenham Village College. This post, on their school teaching and learning blog, is a discussion about the purpose of education.
This is a lengthy post about the psychology behind various behaviour management systems. It focuses primarily on the work of Skinner – positive reinforcement, operant conditioning etc. There’s lots of links to further reading as well.

Blogs of the Week – 08 January, 2015

1: Great Lessons 6: Explaining by Tom Sherrington

Part of Tom’s series on pedagogy, this oldie-but-a-goodie is a great explanation on how to… err… give great explanations.
2. Leading a Winning Team by Shaun Allison
A summary of qualities that Shaun believes, in his experience, great middle leaders have. I think this applies to far more than just middle leaders and is something that all of us can hopefully aspire to ourselves.

Blogs of the Week – 11 December, 2015

This post sets out how to structure verbal feedback to make it a valuable pedagogical tool, rather than a ‘tacked on’ approach.
An interesting read about cognitive behaviour theory and why you can teach the same thing over and over to the same students without them remembering it. It also includes some strategies to help overcome this.

Blogs of the Week – 27 November, 2015

1. Creativity, Education and Punk by Martin Robinson

Martin uses punk rock as an analogy to discuss whether or not knowledge and creativity go hand in hand, or whether one is more important than the other.
An interesting take on looking at how well your department is doing (focuses on teaching but is applicable to non-teaching departments, i.e. pastoral and SEN as well). Something to think about given the current pressures that all staff are facing.

Blogs of the Week – 20 November, 2015

An interesting discussion of how to adapt lesson objectives into something potentially more useful for students.
An older post that outlines six habits of calm schools – not rocket science, but perhaps a useful reminder especially following the Twilight training on Monday.

Blogs of the Week – 13 November, 2015

1. Motivation Boosters, Mufflers and Guzzlers by Stephen Tierney.

An interesting post about how a superficial application of growth mindset isn’t adequate. It uses a little research and looks at other models relating to student motivation and mental toughness.

2. How to get started on #teacher5aday by Martyn Reah.

If you’re not on Twitter, you might not have come across Martyn’s #teacher5aday work, which is all about staff well-being. This blog is a basic introduction to it. It’s spawned a whole lot of themed activities, such as #teacher5adayPE in October, #teacher5adaysketch during half term and plenty of others. This gives an outline behind it all (including plenty of links) and an outline of how to get started. If you’re on Twitter and you’re interested in it, you can follow @MartynReah and @teacher5aday to see what other teachers and school staff are up to.

Blog of the Week – 06 November, 2015

Why students make silly mistakes in class (and what can be done) by Greg Ashman.

A discussion of cognitive load theory (don’t worry, it’s not that technical) and how it impacts students making basic mistakes.


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