Teaching Pupils About The Realities Of Work – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How easy is it to link careers to the curriculum? Careers advice in schools is a challenging and critical aspect of the curriculum to help offer pupils develop their employability skills. These soft skills help students become employable, but curriculum restraint is difficult for schools. These free activities from IGD can help teachers develop these skills with our pupils within a congested curriculum. Curriculum planning Career planning in schools used to be the domain of specialist…

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The Path to Reading Requires Quality Curriculum – Education Article

By: Stephanie Stephens, Tricia Parker and Liisa Potts  Here’s a hard fact: A staggering 60 percent of fourth grade students in the United States are struggling to read. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one-third of fourth-graders and one quarter of eighth-graders aren’t reading at a basic level. Fewer than 40 percent are proficient or advanced. These numbers are even more concerning when we look at the significant proficiency gaps based on race and income and we realize that these gaps have barely moved…

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#1MinCPD: New Education Inspection Framework! – Education Article

#1MinCPD: New Education Inspection Framework! | TeacherToolkit 22nd May 201922nd May 2019 Hanna Beech 585 Views #EIF2019, Curriculum, Deep Dive, Education Inspection Framework, Grading Schools, Impact, Implementation, Intent, Ofsted, Quality of Education, School Inspections, Short Inspections Reading Time: 1 minute Do you need a brief overview of some of the key points from the Education Inspection Framework (2019)? Here are a few highlights to keep you in the school inspection loop – there will be no ‘deep diving’! The 4-point…

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A New Teaching Award Series for Educators! – Education Article

Teacher Appreciation Week might have taken place earlier this month, but the celebration is continuing with a new teacher award series for educators. The team at Kiddom (who I’ve featured on the blog before) have announced a special set of awards along with prizes. Submissions are open now through June 30th. You can nominate any educator, including yourself, for one of four different awards in this teaching award series. How does the teacher award content work? Well, there are four…

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How Did I Overcome Teacher Burnout? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What does it mean to practice a pedagogy of love? I love teaching, but partway through my third year in the classroom I was heading towards burnout. I didn’t know it at the time but a chance encounter with Gert Biesta saved me. A practice of love can transform our classrooms and school communities and lead to happier teachers and students… A chance encounter … My journey began in Biesta’s graduate course where he asked each…

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The madness of flight paths – David Didau – Education Article

Schools are desperate to find ways to predict students’ progress from year to year and between key stages. Seemingly, the most common approach to solving this problem is to produce some sort of ‘flight path’. The internet is full of such misguided attempts to do the impossible. Predicting a students’ progress is a mug’s game. It can’t be done. At the level of nationally representative population sample we can estimate the likelihood of someone who is measured at performing at…

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The curriculum – David Didau – Education Article

In my last post, I set out the problems with making predictions about students’ progress by drawing a ‘flight path’ between KS2 and KS4. Instead, I will argue, we should address three interlinked aspects; curriculum, assessment and instruction. In order to make a meaningful statement about where students are right now and what they need to do next, we need to be very clear about where we are hoping they’ll end up. This post will focus on issues of curriculum.…

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Is Teach For America’s training problematic? Even racist? – Education Article

WGBH reports that, TFA training draws in part on Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion method, featured in the recent bookBuilding a Better Teacher. Teach Like a Champion emphasizes carefully and consistently controlling students’ words, postures and reactions from moment to moment. At Ranson Middle School, I saw posters of SLANT. That’s a Teach Like a Champion acronym for Sit up, Listen, Ask and answer questions, Nod your head, and Track the speaker. Does Teach Like a Champion (TLAC) pedagogy…

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Project-based learning boosts student engagement at this middle school – Education Article

Seventh grade students offer feedback on projects by sixth graders at Stony Brook School, where about 40 students in each grade get interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! WESTFORD, Mass. – A group of about 40 sixth graders at Stony Brook School here has been trying…

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Sample Lessons For The Giver From Our Middle Level English Curriculum – Education Article

Students start off our Giver unit writing about this picture: “Why might someone want to live in a neighborhood like this? Why might someone not want to live in a neighborhood like this?”     I’ve been blogging quite a bit this year about the English Curriculum my team is writing. I shared an overview of our goals and methods here. I shared some examples of how we’re approaching vocabulary here. I shared some examples of the ‘sensitivity analysis’ questions…

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Colour-Coded Differentiation | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why should we ditch colour-coded worksheets? We need colour-coded chopping boards in the kitchen because they can prevent cross-contamination between food groups which could potentially cause food poisoning. That makes sense. What we don’t need, are colour-coded differentiated worksheets in the classroom. They make no sense at all. Educational racism? We know that no two children are alike but we don’t produce thirty colour-coded worksheets to personalise for tailor-made learning. That’s differentiation madness and would be impractical…

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