Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 14th April – Friday 21st April

1.       Things aren’t getting worse, they’re getting better, by Carl Hendrick 2.       The paradox of uniformity, by Ted Morrissey 3.       The English teacher’s pub quiz, by Chris Curtis 4.       Learning objectives: a waste of time, by Matthew Pinkett 5.       Why we need to get rid of lesson objectives, by Kris Boulton 6.       Assessment objectives: an … More Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 14th April – Friday 21st April

Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 7th April – Friday 14th April

1.       ‘Ordinary working families’ are not disadvantaged – those claiming benefits are, by Rebecca Allen 2.       Should teachers use prequestions, by Daniel Willingham 3.       6 things to get right in every school, by Tom Sherrington 4.       Implementation, by Tom Starkey 5.       Money buys luck. Everyone else needs to work hard, by Tom Bennett 6.       What … More Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 7th April – Friday 14th April

Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 31st March – Friday 7th April

1.       Extreme critics and changing your mind, by Katherine Birbalsingh 2.       Ken Robinson is a teacher-basher: schools must top listening to his Panglossian ideas, by Carl Hendrick 3.       Moving on…, by Jules Daulby 4.       Blooms taxonomy – that pyramid is a problem, by Doug Lemov 5.       Didau’s taxonomy, by David Didau 6.       Are ‘closed book’ … More Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 31st March – Friday 7th April

Embracing Awkward Conversations and Uncomfortable Truths

A reliable indicator of the cultural health of an organisation is the extent to which staff feel able to openly admit to making mistakes and errors of judgement.  Matthew Syed writes extensively about this in Black Box Thinking, where he explores different responses to failure through a number of wide-ranging case studies.  Where school improvement … More Embracing Awkward Conversations and Uncomfortable Truths

Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 24th March – Friday 31st March

What is high challenge teaching, by Heather Fearn PowerPoint, by Jo Facer Why I do PowerPoint, by Dan Williams Is the use of PowerPoint in lessons misguided?, by James Theobald Be more Goose: A school shouldn’t rely on Mavericks, by James Theobald Get edtech right without blowing your budget, by José Picardo Dahl-dependency: break the … More Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 24th March – Friday 31st March

High Five: A Roundup of the Opening Keynotes from the 2017 ASCL Conference

Malcolm Trobe: The Responsibilities and Obligations of Leadership The fundamental issue is that there is not enough money coming into education. System-wide, it is surely more economically efficient to provide an incentive which improves retention of teachers in the system than to have significant numbers leave and have to train ever greater numbers to replace … More High Five: A Roundup of the Opening Keynotes from the 2017 ASCL Conference

Worth Knowing: 10 Historical Allusions

Once again, all credit to Matthew Pinkett, who has already written expansively about the value of allusions in creative writing.  Hope the following post is useful – Machiavellian The Prince, written by Niccolò Machiavelli in the sixteenth century, explores the unscrupulous and ruthless world of Renaissance politics.  Useful for characterising devious, manipulative leaders: the Machiavellian … More Worth Knowing: 10 Historical Allusions