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Your views are out of date, David and don’t work, just expecting pupils to behave.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

Do we really have a growth mindset?

The ladder of life is full of splinters, but they always prick the hardest when we’re sliding down. Samuel Clemens I spoke at a Growth Mindset conference with Olympian and sports journalist

Are children better than adults?

There is no sinner like a young saint. Aphra Behn I just read this post on why Teaching is Wonderful and while teaching is wonderful (if astonishingly gruelling) I take issue with the argument presented that

Some suggested New Year’s resolutions

For I am full of spirit and resolve to meet all perils very constantly. Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Having read this post from Jo Facer (@readingthebooks), I am inspired. Particularly by these bits:

Thinking with and about

There are mighty few people who think what they think they think. Robert Henri How we think is astonishingly complex and I don’t want to pretend I have any real understanding of

A review of 2014

I wrote 125 posts in 2014 bringing the running total to 336 posts. Here are the ten most popular this year: Why do so many teachers leave teaching? (February 2013) The Cult of Outstanding™: the problem with

New book: What if everything you know about education is wrong?

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. – Oliver Cromwell I haven’t been posting much lately but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy

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