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Blog: Turning on the Lightbulb and Sharing Practice

dont-change-the-lightbulbsEver wondered what it would be like to write a book about your teaching practice?  

 

We asked Rachel Jones to share her thoughts on doing just that after releasing, Don't Change the Light Bulbs, which is a compilation of teachers' ideas, hints and tips.  All profits of the book are donated to Action for Children.

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Blog: Ten Tips for New Teachers

10-tipsThe frivolity of summer already seems like a distant memory as teachers and pupils across the land begin packing their bags and readying their nerves for another year in the classroom. Every year, around 13000 new teachers enter the profession and begin learning how to do the best job in the world. But it can seem more than a little overwhelming at first.  Here is Katie Ashford's 10 tips for new teachers...

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The Festival of Education top 10 - Education Supergeeks, Celebrities and Saviours

wellingtonThe biggest annual event in any edugeek’s calendar came around once more this weekend. Held in the beautiful grounds of Wellington College in leafy Berkshire, the 2014 Festival of Education was the biggest it has ever been. As someone who spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking about and discussing education, I was more than a tad excited to get in on the action...

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Inside Classrooms: Japan

lucy_crehanJapan is consistently high in the PISA rankings and is often seen as a top performing education system. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: So... What do you do?

summerOur anonymous teacher from London shares their views

At last, May is on the horizon. What a glorious time of year! Summer is nearly upon us, and as year 11 leave and the sun starts to make more of an appearance, teachers across the land begin to breathe a sigh of relief: “Just one more term. You can do it. Keep going” - we mumble in unison, rocking less vigorously than usual as the end of the year draws closer.

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Blog: Should we be afraid of teacher talk?

blablahI remember the first few times I was observed as a trainee. Most things in my training year were utterly horrendous, and observations were no exception. But what I remember perhaps even more than the lessons themselves was the bizarre thought processes I seemed to go through when planning for them. I was always a complete bag of nerves, and spent more time...

 

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Blog: Are teachers who dislike group work using it wrong?

laura“It was a good lesson….but why didn’t you have the pupils working together more often?”

If you’ve spent any amount of time in a school classroom, chances are you’ve heard this sentence – or something close to it – at least once or twice. It’s the sort of stock advice that tumbles all too easily from the lips of observer’s sitting in a colleague’s lesson. Anxious to prove their pedagogical power...

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Blog: How can we give kids over a hundred hours of extra teaching time each year…for free?

clockLessons begin at ten past the hour. Or that’s when the bell goes, at least. By the time the kids have arrived from their last lesson, have caught up with their friends and faffed about with their lockers, it’s nearly quarter past. After they have come in to my classroom and are eventually sat down...

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Inside Classrooms: Singapore

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Singapore is consistently high in the PISA rankings and is often seen as a top performing education system. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

nelson_thumbAs Mandela made clear, education is everything. Being a first world country, we should be able to proudly declare that our children are benefiting from a first rate education. Sadly, to me, it is becoming increasingly more obvious that this isn’t the case. Not all students are being shaped into the well rounded, passionate individuals that we as a nation we want and...

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BLOG: Why do teachers burn out?

burnoutHello everyone. My name is Katie Ashford and I am a workaholic.

Giving up working insanely hard was more of a challenge than giving up smoking. The threat of yellow teeth, empty pockets, lung cancer and premature death was enough to make me pack in that filthy habit over a year ago, but working harder than is necessary and healthy, for some reason, is much tougher to quit.

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Inside Classrooms: New Zealand

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Along with Finland and Shanghai, New Zealand is often seen as a top performing education system. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: What can we learn from good and bad school leaders?

mahatma-gandhi-3.jpegPut your hand up if you have ever moaned about a school leader... Thought so.  Standing at the bottom of the hierarchy looking upwards, it’s very easy to point fingers, it’s very easy to point fingers and blame leaders for doing a poor job. Constant monitoring, OFSTED obsession, low staff morale and pointless paperwork take their toll on the best of us, making the odd management moan inevitable. 

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Inside Classrooms: Canada

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Along with Finland and Shanghai, Canada is a top performing education system that is also relatively equitable. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: Wrecking innocence?

MC_PNGThe students at my school, very kindly, think I look like Taylor Swift. I don't. I've googled her and explained exactly why I don't but to no avail. Trying to win a debate with a teenager using logic and reason is an impossible task. I found out last week that the rumour mill has been hard at work and now I not only look like her but apparently supplement my teaching income as a Taylor Swift tribute act...

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Ofsted: don’t lose any sleep over it

ofsted_outstandingThe school had been languishing in stage 7 of the Ofsted preparation cycle for a while. SLT were trying to keep everyone on their toes and we were doing our best to maintain standards and to retain the will to live. And then, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in October, we were all finally put out of our misery. We got the call. 

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Inside Classrooms: Finland

lucy_crehanFinland is frequently touted as the "best education system in the world", but what is it really like to be a teacher in their education system?  Is it really that different?

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: The Seven Stages of OFSTED Preparation

ofsted_logoSchools and teachers have a habit of getting rather panicky when an OFSTED inspection is on the horizon. Staffrooms are abuzz with speculation about when they will come next, the bosses start getting even more obsessed with data and monitoring, and pupils spend hours memorising their target grades and repeating...

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Blog: Sugar free schools?

heart_nobgAs children, we battled with my mum over certain “brain foods” she deemed vital. Fish was my nemesis, forcing me to think creatively and come up with various strategies that allowed me to get the nasty stuff down with minimal chewing or tasting. My younger brother was even worse than me and practically cried every time we were served vegetables. We still joke about the day he sobbed, choked down part of a roasted pepper and then emptied his stomach onto his plate. 

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Blog: The honour of teaching in Singapore

img_08851.jpgHaving recently moved to Singapore, one of the gems in the global education crown, I’ve been immersed in a system so often cited by policymakers around the world as one that others can learn from and since I've been teaching in the state sector for the past 7 years in London, I was intrigued to see how the different systems compare.

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Blog: What did I learn on Teach First?

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Teach First: the teacher training equivalent of a bungee jump; an exhilarating, frightening, all-or-nothing experience that is not for the faint hearted. The six week training period, known as ‘Summer Institute’ is like standing on the edge of a great precipice, fear and trepidation consuming your every nerve and sinew. As you look out across the cavernous maw before you, you stare blindly ahead...

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Blog: Food for thought

heart_nobgThere is a great deal of discussion amongst those in the teaching profession or who work in connection to education about “the barriers”. The barriers faced by students in gaining a decent education; the barriers that stall successful teaching practice; the barriers inhibiting what should be a fairly straightforward process...

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Blog: Is rote learning a bad thing?

learnAs we all know, being a teacher is tricky. There are so many plates to keep spinning every lesson that sometimes, when we aren’t looking, they come crashing down around us. Is my learning objective clear and measurable? Are the students behaving? Do they understand my explanations? Can they access the work? How should I deploy my TA? Am I challenging them enough? Like I say: tricky.

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Blog: The Power of Parents

article-2298369-0ebc644800000578-100_468x286.jpgThere is that old saying that your friends are the family you choose to keep. Well there should also be a saying that teachers are the parents many need to have. When you step back from all the problems currently swirling around education in this country the issue of bad parenting is there, lurking...

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Blog: The back to school feeling strikes again

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As the phrase of ‘Back To School’ winks at me from the Monday window of my calendar, I’m filled with the enthusiasm and energy that you get after having a couple of (mostly) relaxing weeks off.  Easter holidays always seem to come around at just the right time, when we can gorge on chocolate and get the batteries recharged, ready to take on the challenges of the forthcoming exam period. This time, however, we’re also going back to school, post Easter trade union conferences, with strike action looming...

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