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Freda Hart obituary | Education

My former singing teacher, Freda Hart, who has died aged 99, was gifted with infinite patience and kindness, but also with the ability to metaphorically yank pupils by the ankles and drag them back down to earth if their egos were becoming dangerously inflated. She had a particular interest in the Alexander technique, which she used to encourage pupils to find their natural voice. She also had the wisdom to use more traditional teaching methods for students who were not…

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Study English, and learn the ways of the world | Letters | Education

How I agree with Susanna Rustin (Why study English? We’re poorer in every sense without it, 11 February)! A retired teacher, I hear the arguments for studying Stem subjects frequently put forward as self-explanatory. But are science graduates necessarily more employable than someone who has spent her degree years reading widely, analysing language, developing sound aesthetic judgment, defending her opinions in seminars, and learning how to express them in lucid, cogent and elegant prose in weekly essays? Many ex-pupils I…

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‘It’s not about my school’: teacher’s TV drama depicts stress in class | Education

“ONOMATO PO E.I.A. BOOM!, ONOMATO PO E.I.A. BOOM!” bellows a teacher to a classroom of unimpressed teenagers. His enthusiasm for the written word is struggling to get much buy-in from the disengaged mass in front of him. This is the story of Shaun, a downtrodden English teacher who is eventually beaten by the system, as depicted in the TV drama Beaten, shown last week on BBC One (and now screening on BBC iPlayer) as part of a series compiled by…

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Should Pupils Call Teachers By Their First Name? – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Are 21st teachers stuck in a time warp? If a pupil calls you by your first name do you go ‘ballistic’ or just carry on with a “nothing to see here” attitude? Teachers can get precious about their titles but what’s in a name? Does it really matter whether they call you “Sir”, “Miss” or “Dave”? The first time a pupil called me by my first name wasn’t pleasant. It ruffled my feathers, I took umbrage…

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Who Are The Teachers In Your School? – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Does your language make or break your school? Schools are full of sticky labels and monikers. We simply love putting names to people and things, but some of these tags are derisory, damaging and divisive. What really gets ‘my goat’ is schools that make a big deal about being ‘inclusive’ yet they use language that creates divisions. Schools that have ‘top sets and bottom sets’ and ‘low and high achievers’ are guilty of creating academic apartheid.…

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A Principal’s Reflections: TTWWADI – A Culture Killer – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: TTWWADI – A Culture Killer TTWWADI – A Culture Killer In some cases, change has been hard to implement at scale or at all for that matter.  Sometimes we are blinded by perceived success as is the case for many high performing school districts that have high test scores. A question that typically will materialize is why to change if we are already doing so well.  Success is often in the eye of the beholder based on…

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Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice – Education Article

Educators and schools across the globe have embraced the concept of student agency.  It is a relatively simple concept in theory, but much more difficult to implement in practice.  The underlying premise is to move learners from a state of engagement to empowerment so that they exert more ownership over their learning.  For many schools, this flies in the face of a traditional schooling mindset that was more geared to learners having to buy-in to a one-size-fits-all system where success…

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Contribute to a podcast on the future of education | Membership – Education Article

Join our panel of education experts to examine what can be done to improve education, and make systems more equal. Whether you’re a teacher, student, academic, social worker, policymaker, parent, and wherever you are in the world, we want to hear from you. Alex Beard, author of Natural Born Learners, and one of our panellists for this podcast, says: “Most schools today are not teaching kids how to learn. We lack a common understanding of what education is and what…

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