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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 ...]

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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 ...]

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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 ...]

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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 ...]

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Nothing has promised so much and has been so frustratingly wasteful as thousands of workshops and conferences that led to no significant change in pra... [Read on ...]

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When my mother went to school, learning was differentiated by speed. You either kept up with the teacher or got hit for being too slow. Getting hit a ... [Read on ...]

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James Kerby doesn't realise how effective he is. Not yet anyway. Here are 3 features of his practice, 3 reasons why he has impact: 1. Delayed Objec... [Read on ...]

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It’s coming up to Thinking Classroom’s 10th Birthday (23rd July). In 2002 I jumped ship (from teaching’s aircraft carrier to a nearb... [Read on ...]

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From the 21st C. book of educational lateral thinking problems, No36.- A man spends the day in his office in Winchester, never once ... [Read on ...]

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In my NQT year I got a visit from an HMI. Accompanied by the head I could tell they wanted a favour. It was this, "Mike, could we video you in action?... [Read on ...]

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Whilst writing this month's online stuff (on questions) I'm struck by a handful of subtle yet significant differences between teaching styles; nuances... [Read on ...]

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Watch this week's Making of QI for a fascinating insight into a phenomenally successful TV show with a lot to offer the world of teaching. Highlights:... [Read on ...]

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Howard Gardner in summary talking about MI and education. Total, rigorous common sense. What's encouraging is that the majority of schools I work... [Read on ...]

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Check out: http://y6highlawn.creativeblogs.net/ Cherise Duxbury's outstanding use of ICT to engage and motivate Esp. the Cover It Live session... [Read on ...]

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Last year I ran a session for one of Northern Ireland's top performing grammar schools. The brief was around 'Outstanding Lessons'. In preparation I a... [Read on ...]

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"The weakest area and the area I'm most concerned about is teaching," says chief inspector Christine Gilbert Quite worrying then, when the business ... [Read on ...]

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Here's a message to all teachers and school leaders beginning a new school year: You are valuable. You are doing essential work. In fact you have cho... [Read on ...]

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Do a quick 'educational audit': 1. How good do you feel about your job? 2. How well resourced, supported and trained are you? 3. What sort of ... [Read on ...]

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In NI all week - what a gold mine of talent it is. Here's an exemplary C Reading task: Thinking Skills, Personal Capabilities and subject aims all rol... [Read on ...]

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Potential annual salary for CEO of RBS: £9 million UK government aid to Haiti: £20 Million Go figure

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