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Parents talking to their toddlers: You're going to fall; You can't manage that; You're going to go splat; Be careful; Come back down; You'll never ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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We all know this but what are we doing to change it? How far can our influence reach into our concerns? If you work in an exam factory and do... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curriculum
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  Feedback from a reader of this blog:   Nice to see others thinking the same. We are awaiting the OFSTED visit and if I could try and ex... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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15 visual prompts to get you thinking: http://www.businessinsider.com/15-google-interview-questions-that-will-make-you-feel-stupid-2009-11#why-are-ma... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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16 Y9s at Honywood Science College in Coggeshall. Full day. How do we learn? This bunch excelled: 1. They knew themselves very well 2. They could ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Secondary
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  If I chose to use my life inspecting schools rather than facilitating their growth, I’d examine the following areas and standards therein: ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Cleves School, Weybridge - consistenly outstanding (last 2 Ofsteds) AND by my cobbled together standards above. Spent a day there learning with the ch... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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  Trainer Will Ord runs a great course called “Good to Outstanding”. I’m thinking about marketing one called “Good to Satisfactory” because that... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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Friend of mine has moved to Vienna to teach. Excerpt from her latest email, The job is still great. I love the school and the whole philosophy of ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Marcus Chown says (rightly I believe) that school science can easily turn children off the subject. Why? Because it's taught in order: principles firs... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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“Now I understand more because teachers are teaching us in groups. They ask us questions, we work on them and then we work together with the teachers.... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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100 sparky, engaged and inspiring deputy headteachers in Nottinghamshire. 5 trusted facilitators, one three-headed sheep and a tank. It’s all ab... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Leadership
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Got a wonderful brief from a school today – a small, specialist group of Year 9 learners for whom I’m facilitating a day on, “what we want to learn an... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Secondary
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I am curious about this. Always amazed by the diversity of opinion about what makes for a ‘good education’. Knowing facts? Developing skil... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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"Praising students for their intelligence, then, hands them not motivation and resilience but a fixed mind-set with all its vulnerability. In contras... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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  Trying to find a common thread across 4 experiences this week: Leadership Training at Foxborough in Slough Thinking Skills day at ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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  Muscling in between Summer and Autumn is Britain’s fifth season – X Factor. A mammoth bite of learning to be had by all thinking educators – m... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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Two particularly horrific and desperately heart-breaking events of recent months challenge our beliefs about raising children in 21st Century Britain:... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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  Paul Howard-Jones, writing in the New Scientist, correctly and usefully highlights common areas of misunderstanding when it comes to the brain... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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Posted on Caroline Dowdell's thinking wall by her young learners: "Does time ever really run out? What does belief feel like? Which is more importa... [Read on ...]

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