Around the world in 80 classrooms

A guest blog by Lucy Crehan (@lucy_crehan) I’ve spent the last two years learning about the best education systems in the world – from the inside. It was a particular moment in

Do gender differences make a difference?

It’s a well-known fact that boys underachieve. Every statistic tells us so. But ever since writing this post I’ve been suspicious of gender as the root cause for differences in achievement. Yes, girls

#WrongBook extracts

For those who have as yet resisted the temptation to buy a copy of my new book, I’ve put together a selection of (hopefully) tempting extracts. Have a great summer y’all. 1. Cognitive

What’s the point of parents’ evenings?

Earlier today I read this post on the purpose of parents’ evenings by David James. It’s an excellent exploration of some of the vagaries and oddness of being either side of the

Reading is a rebel act: on the role of school libraries

“My library was dukedom large enough” The Tempest, Shakespeare “The act of poetry is a rebel act.” Farewell to English, Michael Harnett Some people are never happy. After writing my last post on how

How do you get students to read for pleasure?

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust Reading seems to make us smarter. Here’s Keith Stanovich explaining

What if I’m wrong? @HeyMissSmith savages #WrongBook

Several people have very kindly written about why they like my new book, What if everything you know about education is wrong? but refreshingly, Jane Manzone (@HeyMissSmith) has reached entirely different conclusions.

20 psychological principles for teachers #20 Interpretation

This is the 20th and final post in my series on the Top 20 Principles From Psychology for Teaching and Learning and the third of three posts examining how to assess students’ progress: “Making sense

Reactions to #WrongBook

In addition to the pre-publication reviews from some of the most eminent thinkers in education and psychology such as professors Dylan Wiliam, Robert Bjork, Daniel Willingham and Robert Coe, some ‘real’ readers

Some people on Twitter you may not currently follow but definitely should

Since writing a post 18 months ago recommending people to follow on Twitter, I’ve since met lots of other wonderful folk to whom I’d also like to draw your attention. To avoid petty

June on The Learning Spy

June was a much quieter month on the blog than May. But despite the page views plummeting I still managed to churn out a fair few posts, summarised for your convenience below:

researchED English & Literacy Conference

A few months ago I asked Tom Bennett if he’d be up for rubberstamping some sort of rEDx project (like TEDx but with brains) devoted to exploring the intersection between education research