Educational Stories Worth Reading

By Richard G | All things education. From Research to News and everything in between.

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 …

Education

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 …

Education

'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 …

Education

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 …

Teaching

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 …

Education

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

Interview 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 …

OECD

For Evidence or to Aid Students’ Progress? #LiveMarking by @TeacherToolkit

Reading Time: 6 minutes.<p>Have you ever tried ‘live-marking’ in class? Of course you have …<p>Over the years, I’ve used ‘live-marking’ – marking in lesson …

Teaching

Is Written Feedback The Best Form Of Assessment? Action Research by @TeacherToolkit

Reading Time: 2 minutes.<p>Is written feedback the best form of assessment?<p>Don’t be ridiculous! Providing verbal feedback is a) not only quicker and …

Education

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

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> …

Teaching

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. …

Teaching

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 …

Scotland

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

Professor Courtenay Norbury debunks some myths about children with this common but poorly understood condition<p>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 …

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 …

Parenting

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

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has said repeatedly that one of his favorite ways of teaching kids is by letting them guide their own education, typically with laptops or tablets, and moving the teacher more into the role of coach.<p>The style is known as "personalized learning," and a study involving …

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

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

MAPLETON, N.D. — One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo.<p>Her name is Kayla Delzer. Her third graders adore her. She teaches them to post daily on …

Teacher: Why it’s a big mistake to run a school like a business (like Trump wants to do)

For years many policymakers in education have been making decisions about how to “fix” public schools and assess the “value” a teacher brings to student achievement that don’t really do either. The idea has been to apply principles from the business world — where competition is the key — to a civic …

Education

Secret Teacher: I love my job but why does it feel like I’m the only one?

I know how lucky I am to have found a great school to work in. I just wish more teachers could feel the same<p>When I tell people that I’m a primary school teacher, they often react in one of two ways. The first is a sort of mock admiration. “Wow! Good for you!” they say, but then look baffled when …

Teaching

Scottish Book Trust reading project to help primary pupils

<b>A shared reading programme is being launched after a charity claimed 13,000 children a year leave primary school in Scotland unable to read fluently.</b><p>The Scottish Book Trust says the pupils risk struggling in later life.<p>The charity has launched a campaign to help struggling or reluctant readers in …

Scotland

Always Reflect, Always Learn: Be Content, but Never Be Satisfied

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sub for one of our classrooms from start to finish. The regular teacher was called away with a sick child. It's …

Teaching

Dear Teachers, Please Go Home

There is one thing every teacher can and should do if they want to be less tired and use their time at work more efficiently:<p><b>Quit working shortly</b> …

Arianna Huffington

Ten books every teacher should read

In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few<p>Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and Dewey’s Democracy and Education – there’s a strong case to be made, as Dennis Hayes has, that these are the only …

Pedagogy

5 Ways to Help Struggling Readers With the Whole Student in Mind

It’s easy to fall into the trap of only focusing on a student’s reading struggles, but we cannot leave the rest of the student behind. When we fail …

Teaching

Less Homework = More Learning

My kids’ public school released kids from homework a few years ago — a move met with some pushback. As the NY Daily News put it: <b>Parents Outraged</b> …

Teaching

Seven tips for supporting high performers at school

From using games and activities to developing growth mindsets, experts share their advice on what parents and teachers can do to cultivate excellence<p>Is giftedness a case of nature or nurture? Opinion is divided. While one school of thought says that some children have an innate ability to achieve …

Teaching