Incredible Educational Apps for Both Parents and Teachers – Education Article

Technology is constantly evolving. Just in the app space alone, by the time you finish reading this sentence, there will have been another couple of dozens of apps emerging out on the market. There are more than 500,000 educational apps currently out there that were created to assist both parents and teachers for the betterment of their children. The problem is that nobody that works with kids has enough time on their hands to go through all of them to…

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'Hills Like White Elephants' Hemingway Short Story – Education Article

This worksheet contains some tasks on vocabulary and for analysis of Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants”. The story is rather simple in terms of language, but the analysis will be suitable for intermediate or higher level stude … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Ann Zelevskaya Read Full Article

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Are You Good Enough to Be a Teacher? – Education Article

Regardless of what certain people in the public may think, it takes a certain person to become an educator. One of my best friends always tries to make the case that anyone can be a teacher. He is in favor of homeschooling and his wife, a former teacher, homeschools their kids. It does work out well for their family, but I try to explain to him that not everyone can be a quality educator. He doesn’t see it this way…

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The Uncertain Future of Middle Schools – Education Article

Back in 2009, Bedfordshire Borough Council’s website announced the closure of its middle schools. The method it employed to do so – we might call this ‘opaque’, for want of a better word, of which there are many – gives a clear answer to the question regarding the future of middle schools. It is a limited one. And the reason for that is money. In announcing the closures, the council certainly clouded the truth. ‘A momentous decision,’ announced Mr David…

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Old, Broken and In Need of Retirement – Our Education System – Education Article

Other than the odd minor tweak, our education system has sat broadly unchanged since the Victorian era. Yes, there was that experiment with middle schools in the seventies and eighties, some of which continue today. Certainly, the leaving age has steadily crept up as Governments battle to find ways to lower the unemployment figures. Is anybody really clear about the options for 16-year olds today, unless they actually work in further education?While some seventeen-year olds are still facing the daily…

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How to keep a work-life balance after maternity leave – Education Article

On one hand, this is the million-dollar question. Anybody working in the teaching profession knows that, regardless of how many blogs you read stuffed full of good and well-meaning advice about the issue, actually getting the work-life balance right as a teacher is much easier said than done. It’s the elusive holy grail for teachers. Is it a utopia that can just never quite be reached? Well, possibly. But, despite the fact that all teachers (from the NQT to the…

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The importance of having a vision and ethos in schools – Education Article

You cannot underestimate just how important it is for a school to have a strong vision and ethos. However, it’s all too easy for the likes of a vision, an ethos or a mission statement to be something that exists in name or on paper only. These are the sorts of things that become a part of a school’s marketing strategy and emblazoned across wall displays or the school prospectus. But it’s only when a school’s vision and ethos is…

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Working in independent schools – The Educator Blog – Education Article

Nearly fifty independent schools closed in the last academic year. Many others are struggling. It is not a good time to be a teacher in the independent sector. For a short period, I taught in a place on the verge of closure, an average sized privately-owned Prep school based in the East Midlands. I recall one day walking up the rather splendid staircase to the staff room. Around the landing were a dozen or so boys, looking a little sorry…

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How Teaching Has Evolved During the Last Decade – Education Article

As we get older, ten years does not seem like such a long time anymore. After all, we probably all have t-shirts in the closet and socks in the drawer that are older than ten years. When we were younger, it seemed like a lifetime. But now, it appears a decade can go by in the blink of an eye. This is never truer than being a teacher in the classroom. Before you know it, ten years can fly by…

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Knowledge Organisers: A gigantic leap forward or a step back for learning? – Education Article

Sadly, teachers being off work with stress is not uncommon. Similarly, it’s hardly a great surprise to hear about teaching unions proposing some form of industrial action, or for them to be at loggerheads with government over some aspect of education policy. However, it is something of a surprise to see the reason cited for the above to be all about teaching styles. But the NEU teaching union has voted to support strikes in schools where its members feel that…

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Time management and well-being tips for teachers – Education Article

The maxim ‘work smarter, not harder’ is nothing new. It’s become an ever-present, obligatory slide on CPD PowerPoint presentations up and down the country. Of course, it does make a lot of sense. But, for teachers at least, it’s more likely to be met with an ironic (even derisory) smile and rolling eyes; rather than a great awakening/Damascus Moment, as realisation dawns that life will never ever be the same again. Teachers have every right to retort and remind any…

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Should the SATs be boycotted? – Education Article

The traditional teaching union annual conference season over Easter always seems to open old wounds and sees a re-drawing of ‘battle lines.’ This year’s NEU conference proved to be no exception. In fact, the union appears to have hardened its stance more than ever on the issue of the SATs exams. The NEU conference voted to ballot its members over a boycott of the SATs. It’s a move that has been put forward as a motion before at previous conferences,…

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for teachers – Education Article

The new year is, of course, the time for the annual tradition of making resolutions. Every year millions of people do this and teachers are no exception. Although it might well be the case that the vast majority of new year’s resolutions have gone by the wayside by the end of January, this need not be the case – especially for teachers. You see, teachers are well-versed in the skill of reflection – any classroom practitioner simply needs to be.…

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Why teaching is still the best job in the world – Education Article

Teaching has become a battered and embittered profession in recent years. We are now expected to work for longer into our 60s, pay more into our pensions (and receive less back in retirement). Pay has been frozen – in real terms, cut – for years. The workload issue is getting worse rather than better and we still have to contend with endless reform. That’s not all, there’s also the issue of funding cuts, worsening behaviour, and a deepening recruitment and…

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More win-win New Year’s resolutions for teachers – Education Article

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions for teachers, the focus is often on major changes that will bring about a more positive work-life balance. However, sometimes success is best achieved by making a series of small changes. Try these easy-win/win-win ideas for size. Make time work for you Working smarter, not harder is a mantra that is often heard a lot. A complaint that teachers make a lot is that there is never enough time and not enough hours…

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