Teaching and Learning

Top-10 Technology Tools To Make Classroom Life Easier – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes How can we utilise technology to support classroom management? As much as you want to give your students engaging and exciting lessons, do you ever just feel exhausted by all the admin you have to do? There must be an easier way to manage your time? Here are a few apps that can help improve your organisation and efficiency, enhance your lessons and most importantly save you precious time in the long run! 1. Prolio Prolio is…

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Connecting the Disconnect Between Class Time and Course Readings – Education Article

“What do the readings have to do with class?” “Why do we even have to do the readings?” After spending more than a decade supporting college faculty in teaching, I have heard students utter these statements numerous times. I often observe classes and conduct mid-course focus groups with students. It continues to surprise me that students regularly question how the readings connect to class. Certainly, instructors would not be assigning readings that had nothing to do with the course! Given…

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Human Disconnection – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I am sitting in a Starbucks, and focusing on writing.  I tend to come to this place because I know the taste of what I am going to drink, and I also know that I can work with people in my vision, but in isolation with no interruption.  I like the “routine” of it all, but also know that with a large pair of headphones, I can concentrate and get things done without any interruptions from others. I have done…

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7 Ofsted Inspection Myths for Teachers – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes Are you producing things in your school that you don’t need to be doing? Here are 7 common Ofsted myths busted for you. Wonderful. Grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and enjoy having a few gimmicks pushed into touch. 1. Teaching style ‘X’ is best Ofsted just wants to know that your teaching style impacts the progress of the students. There’s not a one teaching style fits all. Different things work for different teachers.…

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Invest in the People that Invest in Students – The Principal of Change – Education Article

The article, “How Education Takes Itself Too Seriously” by Jennifer Nicole, is one that could push your thinking and starts with an interesting paragraph: Education has become a system that revolves around the needs of the adults instead of the needs of the children. We focus on curriculum, assessment, and technology. We focus on content, instruction, and differentiation. But we fail to focus on what really matters — reaching children. Education programs fail to address the primary driver of success in the classroom — relationships.…

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Helping Students Memorize: Tips from Cognitive Science  – Education Article

I was wrapping up a presentation on memory and learning when a colleague asked, “How do we help students learn in courses where there’s a lot of memorization?” He explained that he taught introductory-level human anatomy, and although the course wasn’t all memorization, it did challenge students’ capacity to retain dozens of new terms and concepts. The question itself is tricky because most teaching professionals are heavily invested in the idea that learning isn’t about being able to regurgitate facts…

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3 Important Questions Regarding “Success” in Schools – The Principal of Change – Education Article

This article, “9 Simple Ways to Improve Your Life in 9 Short Days,” has some excellent advice that could benefit many, educators and students alike.  The first paragraphs on “success” struck me: Successful people live by a different set of rules. Collecting accolades, reaching the top of the corporate ladder, or acquiring riches isn’t as important as having a calling, pursuing a dream, and changing lives. Successful people inspired by a mission strive to leave behind a legacy. Fair warning, though: When all is…

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The 6 Most Effective Study Habits – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What are the best ways to study? It’s common to hear students say ‘You can’t really revise for English.’ This is, of course, incredibly frustrating for teachers to hear but, if we don’t model how best to revise, is it any wonder that students struggle or worse don’t bother? Higher-ability students may well find their own way but those who need it most: the middle-lower end students are likely to just give up. Keeping this in…

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What do you do with what you know? – Education Article

From the article, “Why reading 100 books a year won’t make you successful.” Personal development books are only as helpful as the action we take after reading them. All the methodologies and frameworks in the world won’t impact us if we can’t process them properly. Elon Musk and co., attribute their success to reading because they read purposely, and apply that learning in the wider context of their careers. They didn’t plough through huge volumes of material as a box…

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What is Dual Coding Theory? – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What is dual coding and why is it so important for teachers to know? Every teacher disseminates knowledge, but very few have ever been taught how best to impart knowledge effectively so that pupils can understand and apply it. Having the awareness of what dual coding can do, will make you a better teacher. First hypothesized by Allan Paivio in 1971, Dual Coding Theory – a theory of cognition and how we think – uses the…

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Using ‘Meta-Teaching’ to Help Students Adjust and Engage – Education Article

I taught my first class in 1992. At the time, I was young, eager to teach, and woefully unprepared to deal with an 8:00 a.m. general education class at a mid-sized regional university. I naively anticipated walking into the classroom, putting down my stuff, and fielding provocative and interesting questions from students about the topics we were about to cover in our Introduction to Psychology course. I was met with what most of us are met with when we enter…

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Creating Identity-Safe Classrooms | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your classroom identity safe? Identity-safe classrooms are warm ecosystems in which teachers endeavour to ensure that all children feel that their social identity is an asset rather than a barrier to success. Children feel welcomed, supported and valued whoever they are and whatever their background. Teachers want the best for pupils and seek to be fair and aim to create strong culturally competent classroom communities. We might all think that we respectfully acknowledge each and every individual. We might also…

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5 Tips For Live Displays – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can we improve our displays? We need to think carefully about our classroom displays so that they don’t do more harm than good. Displays aren’t just for decoration but when done well can add significant value to the learning environment. In ‘Memorable Teaching’, Peps Mccrea warns that displays which aren’t purposeful can actually be detrimental. They can be distracting and potentially prevent learning from entering long-term memory. Clever classrooms think about displays and what impacts…

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Engaging the Entire Learning Cycle to Ignite Enthusiasm and Learning – Education Article

You can tell it’s exam week when you see countless students standing outside the exam room trying to take advantage of some last minute cramming. We wonder how much of this information they are about to regurgitate has contributed to their knowledge of the subject. Is what we’re “teaching” actually learned? Are we teaching in a way such that students can apply what is learned? To answer these questions, we decided to use the Zull’s four pillars of learning (Zull…

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Colour-Coded Differentiation | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why should we ditch colour-coded worksheets? We need colour-coded chopping boards in the kitchen because they can prevent cross-contamination between food groups which could potentially cause food poisoning. That makes sense. What we don’t need, are colour-coded differentiated worksheets in the classroom. They make no sense at all. Educational racism? We know that no two children are alike but we don’t produce thirty colour-coded worksheets to personalise for tailor-made learning. That’s differentiation madness and would be impractical…

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Empathetic Syllabi Review Exercise | Faculty Focus – Education Article

“Do you know how much this exam is worth?”  “I can’t find any office hours listed for one of my classes—are there any?.”  “What if I get sick and miss a few classes—will my grade be hurt?”  My answer was the same for all three questions—“I don’t know.” Even though these were my first-year seminar students asking these questions, they were looking at syllabi from their other courses, part of a syllabus review exercise I do each fall with first-time…

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