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5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

<i>Dr. Todd Finley on episode 325 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast</i>From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki DavisFollow @coolcatteacher on …

Once children were birched at school. Now they are taught maths | Simon Jenkins

Modern education’s obsession with rankings blights the lives of intelligent pupils – never more so than at exam time<p>I used to long to be a child again. Not any more. British children seem under perpetual assault from the three horsemen of the apocalypse: obesity, social media and the manic gods of …

Education

Boys 'twice as likely to fall behind girls' in early years

<b>Boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school, a report says.</b><p>Save the Children says a quarter of boys in England - 80,000 - started reception class struggling to speak a full sentence or follow instructions.<p>The report, based on a University of Bristol …

The focus on maths and science doesn’t add up. The arts must be in the equation | Kester Brewin

Throwing resources at science, technology, engineering and maths in England hasn’t worked. We need to reaffirm the importance of a more rounded education<p>As a long-time maths teacher, the latest assessments by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and Programme for International …

Education

The Dialogue Surrounding Dyslexia: Five Important Takeaways

Even with all these negatives, there are also many positives contributing to improving the lives of those with reading and writing difficulties: …

Teaching

Why Johnny Still Can't Read -- And What To Do About It

For decades, there’s been an overwhelming scientific consensus on the best way to teach kids to read. But millions of kids still don’t get the kind of instruction that works.<p>In the early 1950s, Rudolf Flesch offered to tutor a boy who’d been held back in sixth grade because he couldn’t read. Flesch …

Teaching

‘We batter them with kindness’: schools that reject super-strict values

‘Unconditional positive regard’ towards even badly behaved pupils is growing in popularity<p>It is a bitterly cold Yorkshire morning and outside a school in Barnsley staff are involved in the most important part of the school day.<p>“All right, Kyle?” asks Dave Whitaker, the executive principal of …

North London

Teaching is on the road to hell – the story of the national curriculum proves it

Teachers have been dragged through endless, mostly mystifying changes since 1988 – and still more are in the pipeline. Will the government stop making a dog’s breakfast of education?<p>In 1988, when I had been teaching for about 20 years, something dreadful happened: the national curriculum was …

Curriculum Development

Elementary School Homework Probably Isn’t Good for Kids

A powerful combination of superstition and questionable research ensures young kids hit the books instead of just, you know, reading them.<p>Many …

Teaching

reading, growth mindset, behaviour, play-based learning and more

When we launched the <i>Tes</i> Podagogy series back in September, our aim was simple: get the world’s leading thinkers about education to talk directly to …

Teaching

When union protections disappear, poor schools lose teachers, new research finds

Is a “war on teachers” driving them out of the classroom?<p>In many states, teachers and their unions have made that case, noting that it’s become …

Confidence in math has become a major problem for girls in school

When Ayelet Freedman assigned her Grade 7 students to work on a math problem in groups last year, a 12-year-old girl said she was “too stupid” to …

'Teachers can only ever have a small impact on their students' results – yet they are judged as if they are 100% responsible'

There is little evidence to suggest we can link the performance of a teacher to a set or sets of exam results.<p>There is, however, plenty of evidence …

Children as young as two grouped by ability in English nurseries

Half of nursery teachers surveyed said they separated under-fives for reading, raising fears over impact on children’s confidence<p>Children as young as two, three and four are being divided into groups based on ability and behaviour in classrooms in England, research has found.<p>About half of the 118 …

Pedagogy

Headteacher abolishes school reports because they make pupils insecure and are filled with 'politician-like' phrases

A headteacher has abolished school reports, saying they only serve to cause insecurities among pupils and cause unnecessary stress to teachers, who …

‘Working-class children get less of everything in education - including respect’

<b>Interview</b> Diane Reay grew up on a council estate, the eldest of eight, and became a Cambridge professor. Now she wants to talk about inequality in education<p>When Diane Reay, Cambridge University professor of education, started researching her book about working class children’s experiences of …

Education

Live Marking

Have you ever tried ‘live-marking’ in class? Of course you have … Over the years, I’ve used ‘live-marking’ – marking

The Verbal Feedback Project

Is written feedback the best form of assessment? Don’t be ridiculous! Providing verbal feedback is a) not only quicker and more

New Research Answers Whether Technology Is Good Or Bad For Learning

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it.<p>In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S. Walker write about their research finding that allowing any computer usage in the classroom …

Education Technology

Research every teacher should know: setting expectations

In his series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a research project on expectations<p><b>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with</b> …

Pedagogy

Emotional intelligence: why it matters and how to teach it

Teaching young people skills such as active listening, self-awareness and empathy can equip them to succeed both academically and socially<p>In our work with schools, it’s now commonplace for us to hear those in education talking about helping students (and staff) develop their emotional intelligence. …

Emotional Intelligence

Fake news: improved critical literacy skills are key to telling fact from fiction

False information can be found online and shared in an instant. How can we teach young people to spot it?<p>Fake news is a buzzword of our time, but its impact can be significant. Not only can it threaten our democracy, our confidence in governance, or our trust in journalism, but it has also been …

Teaching

How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it

A Bradford primary school wants the world to know its newfound Sats success is down to giving all children up to six hours of music a week<p>Abiha Nasir, aged nine, walks quietly into the small classroom, takes a seat, adjusts her hijab and picks up the drumsticks. A shy smile spreads across her face …

Education

This island is not for sale: how Eigg fought back

Small islands have always been objects of desire for a certain kind of man ambitious to rule his own tiny nation. One Hebridean isle asserted its independence, but can its way of life survive? By Patrick Barkham<p>“It’s the difference between black-and-white TV and colour,” said Brian Greene. “That’s …

Lackadaisical

Developmental Language Disorder: The most common childhood condition you've never heard of

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when children fail to acquire their own language for no obvious reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate their ideas and feelings. Recent research has shown that, on …

Autism

How my school takes the stress off teachers

My school has found ways to reduce the workload burden on teachers – while also helping us become more effective in the classroom<p>We all know that stress is a problem in teaching, with workloads and other pressures affecting the health of many across the UK. But I’ve experienced a variety of …

Teaching

Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here are their 6 key takeaways

Follow thousands of superbright kids for four and a half decades, and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever.<p>One of the biggest …

Education

A study of 36,000 students just backed Bill Gates' favorite style of education

The style is known as "personalized learning," and a study involving 36,000 students just upheld it as a major driver of improvement in reading and math skills.<p>Since personalized learning has had scant formal evidence showing its success as a teaching method, the new study also adds some empirical …

Disturbed sleep patterns may be key to ADHD, study finds

Research links disruption of body clock to number of chronic conditions<p>Struggling to concentrate, having too much energy and being unable to control behaviour – the main manifestations of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – have been linked to disruptions in sleep, researchers will …

Sleep