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'Don't avoid the passive'

One piece of writerly advice you often get is to "avoid the passive". Quite why this sounds so sensible remains a mystery – not least because those …

Linguistics

99 strange collective animal names

Whether it's a shrewdness of apes or a zeal of zebras, lots of animals have bizarre names when they cluster into crowds.<p>From social butterflies to …

Birds

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

Online Education

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or “learning style” – such as visually, orally, or by doing …

Philosophy for Beginners: A Free Introductory Course from Oxford University

Philosophy doesn't have to be daunting. Thanks to the Continuing Education program at Oxford University, you can now ease into philosophical thinking …

Oxford University

Teaching Text Structure Improves Reading Comprehension

Williams, J. P. (2003). Teaching text structure to improve reading comprehension. In H. L. Swanson, Harris, K. R., & Graham , S. (Eds.), <i>Handbook of</i> …

How many new words should you teach per lesson?

<b>Introduction – The wrong question</b><p>The question in the title is one of the most common ones I am asked by colleagues from all corners of the globe. And …

How Teachers Taught: Patterns of Instruction, 1890-2010

The last two posts (see here and here) on “direct instruction” and ways of measuring teacher talk vs. student talk got me thinking again about an …

600 University Courses Are Now Available for Free

If you've been itching to take a college-level course but don't feel like you have the time or the money, or simply feel like you couldn't stomach …

Mobile Learning: The Future of Indian Education System

Previously deemed as elements of distraction among students, these pocket-sized devices are now emerging as the 'Mecca of learning'<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Until a …

Education Technology

‘Drill and kill’? English schools turn to scripted lessons to raise standards

Direct instruction has been praised by the schools minister as more effective than a child-centred approach – but its use is controversial<p>In a converted office block in an unprepossessing corner of west London, a year 10 class is working with intense concentration. The walls are grey and virtually …

Should young children be grouped by ability?

<b>Should children as young as three, four and five be taught by ability?</b><p>Grouping children like this in nursery school, Reception and Years 1 and 2 is increasingly common across England, according to a report by University College London's Institute of Education and the National Education Union.<p>The …

No laptops in the lecture hall

<b>How about this instead: No lecture hall.</b><p>The typical classroom experience used in high school and college is fundamentally broken, but there’s a …

Homework Checks or Frequent Math Quizzes?

This fall Michelle Russell implemented a new policy of assigning but not checking math homework, and then checking homework understanding with short …

The decline of the gradable adverb: 'quite', 'rather' and 'fairly' are becoming a relic of the past

Tip-toeing around a subject, doing one’s best to avoid causing offence, and taking a little longer than necessary to get to the point are all quintessentially British conversational habits.<p>But these are now becoming relics of the past, according to a major piece of research which identifies the …

Calvin And Hobbes Showed The Trouble With Organised Sports And Father Figures

In 1990, Bill Watterson created a <i>Calvin and Hobbes</i> storyline in which Calvin is bullied into playing baseball during recess. Watterson drew a …

Calvin and Hobbes

We have to rethink what “educated” means in a post-truth world

It used to be fairly easy to explain what it means to be educated. Education involves schooling, and as a general rule, the more schooling you have, the better educated you become. Unfortunately, as I will argue below, that answer may no longer be sufficient; there is evidence to suggest that the …

Education

Collaborative Learning

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>How can teachers make learning stick?<p>We now have evidence to suggest that on average, some classroom methodologies have a …

My Observation Checklist.

The structure of our BlueSky lesson observation reports. Simple.<p>Ok. The title is misleading. On purpose. I’ve been observing the newly appointed …

Principles of Effective Teaching

Teachers are always being offered lists of principles, axioms, tenets, precepts – the magic beans of teaching. We’re desperate to make sense of it …

Pedagogy

New - Why certain practices reach the classroom and others don't

If you are interested in how educational research and ideas reach the classroom, then this post is for you. Based on Jack Schneider's 2014 book F<i>rom</i> …

The enduring appeal of learning styles

We formed groups of three using the cards we’d received: each group had an ‘M’, a ‘T’ and a ‘V’. Each person described a celebration three different …

How do French speakers treat French learners? I've heard that they're often unfriendly and not supportive. Is this true?

French people being rude to French learners is a classic misconception about France, that’s often due to cultural misunderstandings, common clichés …

Language Learning

8 Great YouTube Resources

As our schools are (slowly) getting more technology, and we can bring our classrooms to the 21st century, it is both amazing and overwhelming the …

Why didn’t you tell me? 5 things I wish I had been told sooner

Like many others, there are things I have learned in recent years that it would have been really helpful to have been told about earlier on in my …