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Here's a confession: I read very little educational news and only have a few educational books on my shelf. Instead I focus on diverse topics, publica... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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Got an interesting question from the sparky, enthusiastic, level-headed JG with whom I have the privilege to work: "Wondering: What are your thoughts... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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'Outstanding', 'Good' and 'Requires Improvement' are the inspectoral equivalents of 'said', 'then' and 'nice' in children's writing: bland, over-used ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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Can it be done? Can lifelong habits be changed sustainably in less than half a day? Are ways of thinking flexible enough to bend into other shapes? Wi... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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I’m working with a senior leader who (amongst many, many other things) is Literacy co-ordinator. She wants to lead the subject as best she can b... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Leadership
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Wondering how to use Connect Thinking? Top Thinking Classroom Tester Steve Andrews and his class put it through their rigorous paces: Dear Mike, ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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Teach First participant James Gould got to grips with classroom modelling - by reflecting on his experiences working in a coffee shop: The smell ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Learn this. Deliver it from a lectern or at a TED Talk or to the mirror. Or to someone else's mirror. Or out of a car window or into a car window. ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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Steve Andrews and his class have been at it again! - test driving Thinking Classroom tools. This time they tried out Quadrant Thinking (download here)... [Read on ...]

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Teacher? Educator? Then you probably have one of the most emotionally complex, under valued, publicly berated, depressingly thankless yet totally esse... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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Got this extremely useful feedback from Steve Andrews who is a Thinking Classroom idea tester. Hope it helps: (see Speed Thinking) Hello Mike, ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Primary
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Got an interesting question last week: "I'm have been part of a discussion about what is meant by gifted and talented and who should be on the list? ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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The Tale of Blidges and Gruffles  Several years ago, in the land of Corticon, a distinguished and respected professor published a report which d... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Assessment
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How  creative ARE  you ? ? You see these four random objects and you're maybe thinking, what on earth...why...huh? well, have ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Thinking Classroom exists because of five people, apart from Lucy and I. These folks didn't invest money in it, expecting a return; they didn't advise... [Read on ...]

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I once heard Annie Lennox (Eurythmics, charity and political activist) speak about success. She said she always wanted a fur coat. Really really wante... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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‘It’s not just what you do, it’s the way that you did it!’ - By Shawn Skellon Whilst working with some Yr9’s in a B... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Assessment
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How do you hold a struggling cat? How do you hold a butterfly? How do you hold a scorpion? Varying degrees of grip I guess: tight for the cat; gentle ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Humaira Bachal is 26 and has purpose. She had purpose aged 13 when she began her own school, teaching neighbourhood kids less fortunate than... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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Let me introduce the 'CPD Learning Crawl': Pick 3 venues within walking distance of each other. Agree a learning focus and choose a facilitator for... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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