How do children learn to speak? – David Didau – Education Article

In chapter 2 of my book, Making Kids Cleverer, I discuss, David Geary’s theory of biologically primary and secondary knowledge. Human beings seem to possess various universal behaviours and characteristics common regardless of the specific culture into which they’re born. Geary’s theory suggests that such species-wide traits must have some root in evolution and he suggests that the capacity to learn ‘folk knowledge’ is a biologically primary adaption. This means that we tend to pick up the knowledge of how…

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Private pupils talk mockney to seem less posh: Harrow’s ex-head | Education

Former private school pupils often speak in a mockney accent in adulthood in an effort not to seem posh, the former head of Harrow has said. Many people who went to elite fee-paying schools do not want to seem upper-class because “being posh these days is not a good thing”, according to Barnaby Lenon. He made the comments following research into prep school language carried out by Graeme Davis, a professorial research fellow in humanities at the University of Buckingham.…

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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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FREE eBooks for Winter Break Reading – Education Article

This is a really nice FREE offer from our friend Katie at Capstone!* Tis the Reading Season!  When I first heard this, I thought it was too good to be true!  I thanked her vaguely** on Twitter (unless it was a secret just for my school district) but then I thought – could I possibly share it with everyone? Could I Tweet this out? So, I called her office out of the blue to double check that I could share…

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Dealing With Conflict: When Relationships Go Wrong – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes How can we deal with conflict in the workplace? There are times when we all fall out with colleagues at work, even the ones we count as friends. It is important for us to understand what causes conflict, yet we also need to know how can we cope with it. I can’t believe they always do that… There are many reasons for workplace conflict and it arises when our interests, identity, security, or sense of inclusion…

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