Landmark: a million thank yous

I began blogging in July 2011. In January 2012 I signed up with Google Analytics and have clocked up over 2 million pageviews since. Then in July 2013 I shifted the site

Should group work be imposed?

I recently posted some thoughts on what group work is and isn’t good for. At no point did I say it was good for nothing (although predictably my opinion was caricatured as

Why (the hell) should students work in groups?

In a recent TES article James Mannion and Neil Mercer make the following claim: In not using group work, students are denied the chance to develop skills that can not only help them

What to do about workload?

Work is not a curse, but drudgery is! Henry Ward Beecher To much fanfare in the press, the DfE has released the findings of its Workload Challenge survey. The idea is straightforward:

Should we support the College of Teaching?

I’d love to be able to provide my unequivocal support for the proposed College of Teaching. Obviously I’m fully in favour of professionalising teaching, but while I’m convinced of the good intentions

The problem with lesson planning

Time brings all things to pass. Aeschylus Because the curriculum is divided up into units – terms and lessons – our thinking about how to teach is constrained. The school year is sectioned

Undermining teachers is easy

Your views are out of date, David and don’t work, just expecting pupils to behave. Paul Garvey, Education consultant & Additional Inspector There are two schools in every school: the school of

A defence of the fixed mindset

The growth mindset has been so universally heralded as ‘a good thing’ that it’s in danger of becoming one of those memes we think with rather than about. A number of commentators have been

Does ADHD exist?

One of the few things I remember agreeing with when I heard Ken Robinson talking about changing educational paradigms was his observation that diagnoses of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) fall as you travel

A research journal for teachers by teachers

What difference does education research make to teachers? Precious little. Thousands of papers are published every year and very little changes in classrooms. Recent attempts by the Education Endowment Foundation to synthesise

The Unit of Education

If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it. Lord Kelvin A lot of education research is an attempt to measure the effects of teaching (or teachers) on learning (or pupils.) But

What’s it like being a new teacher?

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. G. K. Chesterton I’ve been very fortunate to spend time with a variety of new teachers recently. Whether

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