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Using Story for Learning

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Using Story for Learning An Article that concisely summarises the concept of 'story' then proposes how it can enrich teaching and learning.

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order. Jean-Luc Godard

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

What is a story? Why are stories and storytelling important? How can you enrich your teaching with stories?

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Categories: Article, Planning, English, Educators

Tags: Pedagogy Story

Independent Learning

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Independent Learning An Article exploring independence and independent thinking & learning. Includes a possible connection between independence and happiness; pupil criteria for independent learning and a challenge to schools in how they develop independence. 

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley

Independence is happiness. Susan B. Anthony

What is independent learning?

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Tags: Independence Happiness

Fresh Start - New Year

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Fresh Start - New Year An Article full of inspiration as you begin a new academic year or school term.

From the end spring new beginnings.
Pliny the Elder

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. 
Muriel Rukeyser

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Categories: Article, Transition, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Inspiration Induction New Year

Professional Self-Assessment

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Professional Self-Assessment An Article which sets out why we need to work in pairs or triads when we are developing our professional skills.
 
To doubt everything, or, to believe everything, are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
Henri Poincare

We cannot observe external things without some degree of Thought; nor can we reflect upon our Thoughts, without being influenced…by the Things which we have observed.
William Whewell

What is self-assessment? What are its strengths and dangers? Why do it? How can it work?

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: CPD Coaching

School Transition

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School Transition An Article which defines educational transition in the wider context of life-change then suggests a model for high quality school transition.

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.
Amelia Barr

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going.
P. J. O'Rourke
 
What is transition? What is educational transition? Why is it important and how do we make it work? 

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Categories: Article, Transition, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Change Transition

Using Video for Professional Development

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Using Video for Professional Development An Article that addresses some of the issues around using video for continuing professional development.

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
Joyce Brothers

Acting is a form of confession.
Tallulah Bankhead 
 
What is Video CPD? Why do it and what are the rules? 

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators, Media

Tags: Real Time Coaching CPD Video Trust

The Truth About Success

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The Truth About Success An Article that will inspire you to think about the real meaning of success: about its breadth, depth and height and how an enriched mindset about success can help your pupils achieve more.

Success is dependent on effort. 
Sophocles

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

What is success? What does it have to do with standards? And how does it show itself in the classroom?

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Categories: Article, Educators, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Success Mindset Multiple Intelligences Dweck Gardner

Problem Solving

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Problem Solving An Article exploring the nature of problems and our methods for seeking solutions. Reveals a simple method to engage with any problem by addressing the Mindset of Solutions.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. 
Albert Einstein 

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. 
Abraham Maslow

What exactly is a problem?

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Tags: Problem Solving Mindset

Praise for Learning

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Praise for Learning An Article that challenges you to think about why and how you praise your learners and then maybe to make a few subtle changes.

He only profits from praise who values criticism. 
Heinrich Heine

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

New thinking on praise, or why “Well done clever boy!” is just about the worst praise you can give.

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Humour for Learning

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Humour for Learning An Article including one or two mediocre jokes, some thoughts about humour in the classroom and the neurological origins of a good laugh.

Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. 
Edward De Bono

…be assured, the German sense of humour not only exists, it actually flourishes, albeit in a form we are ill-equipped to recognise.  
Stewart Lee

Humour: classroom learning essential or frivolous risky indulgence?

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Tags: Humour Relationships

Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional Intelligence An Article summarising Emotional Intelligence and reasons for developing it in the classroom.

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. 
Mark Twain

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. 
Robert Frost

Emotion: what is emotional intelligence and how can it impact on learning standards? 

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Using Language

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Using Language An Article exploring the gift of language and challenging us to get our children talking rather than keeping them silent.

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. 
William Butler Yeats

What is language? What is communication? How can thinking about language help learning?

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, English, Educators

Tags: Language Speaking & Listening

Talent for Learning

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Talent for Learning An Article describing a refreshingly new and inspiring definition of 'talent'. Includes 6 steps for developing a talent-based ethos in school.

Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
Michael Jordan

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Albert Einstein

Talent: gift or hard graft? Talent: revealed, discovered, nurtured or earned? 
Talent management: a school’s fundamental purpose?


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Categories: Article, Gifted, Able & Talented, Multiple Intelligences, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, Educators

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High Order Thinking

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High Order Thinking An Article that explores the debate over knowledge vs creativity and recommends a 'middle way' for educators.

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. 
George S. Patton 

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Categories: Article, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: High Order Thinking Thinking Skills Creativity Self Knowledge

Philosophy for Learning

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Philosophy for Learning An Article offering a very quick summary about Philosophy. Blag your way in the staff room!

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Categories: Article, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy, Educators

Tags: Philosophy Socrates Metzinger

Questions for Learning

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Questions for Learning An Article that describes many different sorts of questions and then organises them into 4 basic categories. Also includes a teacher-self-check: How's your questioning shaping up?

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Categories: Article, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Questioning Bloom's Taxonomy

New Year, New Classess

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New Year, New Classess An Article including a simple checklist to help you prepare more effectively for starting work with new classes and new groups.

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Categories: Article, Transition, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Transition New Year

Outstanding Lesson Design

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Outstanding Lesson Design An Article to download that offers one view of what should be included in a plan for an outstanding lesson. Use it as a resource to benchmark your own planning and to debate the issue of lesson planning with colleagues.

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The MI Institute

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The MI Institute A Guest Article from 2011 by master teacher and researcher Josh Lange who describes how Multiple Intelligences theory is implemented around the world, and how you can connect with MI educators in different countries.

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Tags: Multiple Intelligences CPD Outstanding

What is Outstanding Teaching?

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What is Outstanding Teaching? An Article that summarises and explores what outstanding teaching might be. Provides prompts for professional reflection and debate, and offers 9 areas for evaluation and growth.

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Hard Work

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Hard Work An Article that tackles Hard Work head on and offers a way to develop a shared, effective understanding of it in class. Find out about deferred gratification & the 1972 Stanford Marshmallow experiment. Watch a video of its 2012 update.

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Categories: Article, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Hard Work Mindset Effort

Coaching

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Coaching An Article about educational coaching looking at its definition, guidelines, purpose and strategy.

All coaching is, is taking a player where he can't take himself.
Bill McCartney

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Stress

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Stress An Article looking at teacher stress: what it is, where it comes from and some ideas about working with it. Useful if you are feeling over-stressed and/or are professionally responsible for those who are.

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
William James

It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
Hans Selye

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Differentiation

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Differentiation An Article to get you thinking about differentiation in teaching and learning. What is it? Why do it? How can it be most effective? Great prompts for a staff meeting discussion.

Differentiation: a way of thinking about the classroom.
Carol Ann Tomlinson

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

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Learning India

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Learning India A Guest Article by Deputy Headteacher Andy Robson who dedicates his time and skills to the education of children in India.

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Tags: India CPD

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