Martin Byrne

481 Flips | 10 Magazines | 6 Likes | 1 Following | 14 Followers | @MartinByrne4hbe | Geography teacher & year leader interested in ed tech for 1:1 classrooms, maximising education outcomes for the whole person & life long learning.

Reducing class size | Toolkit Strand

As the size of a class or teaching group gets smaller it is suggested that the range of approaches a teacher can employ and the amount of attention …

Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

<b>An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.</b><p>More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.<p>And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, …

Private Schools

Five proven hacks to help students tackle revision

We know more about the science of learning than ever, but too few pupils use these strategies when preparing for exams<p>We know more about the science of learning than ever. Working smarter involves using your time and energy efficiently, but many students still do not use many of the most effective …

Hacking

Yes, Differentiation Is Hard. So, Let's Get It Right.

Differentiation is a word that makes some teachers shudder, but we know it's important, so let's get it right.

Pedagogy

Beyond data

As a school leader you have lots of data and information at your disposal. But new research exploring what helps schools to build momentum and become …

Deep impact

In the last decade, we have seen a shift away from the idea that external experts can provide the answers to school improvement and towards the view …

Raising overcomers: How to teach your kids to do hard things

I haven’t taught any of my children to ride a bike. Not one of the four.<p>I’ve helped, for sure. I’ve held on to the seat and steadied them while they …

How to super-size your memory, according to science

<b>You can super size your memory to make it more like that of a world champion, according to scientists.</b><p>Scans reveal that while memory champions' brains are nothing special in terms of anatomy, they do show changes in brain connectivity.<p>What's more, neuroscientists were able to train people with …

Humanity

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy

In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom (pdf), the country’s communications regulator. So are 43% of 8- to 11-year-olds. But how many of them understand what they signed when they joined? Pretty much 0%, according to “Growing Up Digital”, a report …

Social Media

Who are Generation Z? The latest data on today's teens

Gender fluid, hyper-stressed, politically engaged, connected but lonely: what do we know about modern teens?<p>• Read more from the magazine’s teen takeover<p>Today’s youngest generation with a label, born after 2000, are connected yet isolated, savvy but anxious, indulged yet stressed. They have grown …

Social Media

Seven ways to give better feedback to your students

Research shows that constructive comments can bring a huge boost to learning – but they can also backfire. Here’s how to get them right<p>Feedback can be a difficult business. When it is used in the right way, it can be one of the most effective strategies to improve learning, according to The Sutton …

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Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Praise Them Like This (but Most Parents Do the Opposite)

Stop praising kids for their innate or God-given abilities, and instead focus on their effort.<p>What if I were to tell you that you could increase the odds that your kids will achieve great success in life--maybe greater success than you've had--simply by making a small change in how you praise them …

Self-improvement

10 Unique Perspectives on What Makes a Great Leader

Great leaders adapt to their surrounding environments and empower the team to succeed together.<p>All business owners and executives have varying experiences and perspectives on the approach and qualities necessary for effective leadership. And not all situations require the same type of leadership …

Motivating individuals to create a winning team

What does it take to create a winning team? Is it enough to have skillful employees to get your team to win in every situation? Or does it require …

Team Building

Untangled: A New Way to Talk About Raising Teenage Girls.

'We need a new way to talk about teenage girls because the way people do it now isn't fair to girls or helpful to parents'<p>It’s true. Navigating the …

Reflections on using growth mindset approaches to challenge and motivate students.

As a teacher I have been working with two groups of students teaching them chemistry in preparation for their GCSE exam which they completed in June …

Teaching

The way you're revising may let you down in exams – and here's why

Most people practise the wrong tasks, reveals a psychologist. Take your head out of those textbooks for a few minutes and read his advice<p>Even the most dedicated study plan can be undone by a failure to understand how human memory works. Only when you’re aware of the trap set for us by …

Study Skills

John Hattie & His Top 10 High Impact Teaching Strategies

Note, this article refers to John Hattie’s 2009 book, Visible Learning. You can find an updated summary of his findings here.<p>John Hattie synthesized …

Psychiatrists use an old trick to get people to trust them with their secrets — and it works just as well in business

There's a common misconception that trust is something that builds gradually — that the only person you could possibly reveal personal information to …

Maximise the benefits

Many of us will have attended a course or training event of some description during our professional lives. We may engage to learn a new skill, to …

12 steps to a ‘Great Teacher’ reputation.

<b>Introduction.</b><p>I’m celebrating writing my 100th post, by trying to link together various posts relating to teaching. I suggest in my post ‘How do I …

Giving feedback the ‘Michaela’ way

I’ve written before about marking, but just to summarise: it has always been something I’ve loved doing. There was something in that Boxer-like …

As Work Changes, Leadership Development Has to Keep Up

As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged. The very idea of leading people in jobs is changing with the democratization of work and the continued advance of digital technology. These twin forces are moving work beyond the traditional …

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

The way most students study makes no sense.<p>That's the conclusion of Washington University in St. Louis psychologists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel — who've spent a combined 80 years studying learning and memory, and recently distilled their findings with novelist Peter Brown in the book <i>Make It</i> …

20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching

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Pressure to look perfect hits girls' confidence, say Guides

<b>Girls in the UK are markedly less confident about their looks than they were five years ago, research by Girlguiding suggests.</b><p>Just 61% of 1,627 seven- to 21-year-old girls polled for the 2016 Girls' Attitudes Survey felt happy about their bodies, down from 73% in 2011.<p>Girls as young as seven face …

Teenagers 'checking mobile phones in night'

<b>Almost half (45%) of young people are checking their mobile phones after they have gone to bed, a poll suggests.</b><p>A survey of 2,750 11- to 18-year-olds found one in 10 admitted checking their mobile phones for notifications at least 10 times a night.<p>The poll was carried out by Digital Awareness UK …

Social Media

Great School Leadership 2: Vision

School of the future: What’s your vision?<p>Following from the previous post on Ethos, this is about another essential component of great leadership:</b> …

Memory for Learning: 10 Top Tips

We can all imagine our own personal hell of terminal exams, stacked on top of one another, with acres of knowledge to remember. It is the stuff of …

Pedagogy