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Tips for Teachers: 35. Engagement and Proxies for Learning

Tips for Teachers: 35. Engagement and Proxies for Learning

Professor Rob Coe asserts that as teachers we sometimes confuse pupil engagement as learning. He discusses a number of ‘poor proxies’ for learning which are easily observed, but not really about learning.  They are:  The pupils are busy, lots of work is completed. ...

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Tips for Teachers: 33. Professional Development and Growth

Tips for Teachers: 33. Professional Development and Growth

‘Effective teaching requires considerable knowledge and skill, which should be developed as teachers’ careers progress. High-quality professional development requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and...

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Tips for Teachers: 32. Peer and Self-assessment

Tips for Teachers: 32. Peer and Self-assessment

‘It is important to distinguish between peer and self-marking, which are useful aids to reducing marking workload for simple tasks, and peer and self-assessment, which creates useful feedback and can contribute to learning. Taking part in peer and self-assessment...

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Tips for Teachers: 31. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

Tips for Teachers: 31. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

‘It is important to define two phrases used extensively throughout research literature on motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic generally refers to things that come from within the student, such as their personal beliefs and attitudes. Extrinsic...

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Tips for Teachers: 30. Creating a Reading Culture

Tips for Teachers: 30. Creating a Reading Culture

Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for pupils’ success. Through these, they develop communication skills for education and for working with others: in school, in training and at work. Pupils who find it...

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Tips for Teachers: 29. Cognitive Science

Tips for Teachers: 29. Cognitive Science

‘Cognitive science principles of learning can have a real impact on rates of learning in the classroom. There is value in teachers having a working knowledge of cognitive science principles.’ (EEF, 2021) In her blog in 2023, Grace Coker asserts that although cognitive...

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Tips for Leaders: 15. Mental Health and Wellbeing

Tips for Leaders: 15. Mental Health and Wellbeing

"A healthy school ensures that when pupils are unhappy, anxious, disturbed or depressed there are open channels for them to seek or be offered support, without stigma and with appropriate confidentiality. A healthy school actively seeks to promote emotional health and...

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Tips for Teachers: 28. Modelling and Scaffolding

Tips for Teachers: 28. Modelling and Scaffolding

'Effective modelling and scaffolding reduces the extraneous load on students’ working memories and strengthens schema, making learning more efficient, more manageable, and easier for them to retrieve.’ (Adam Riches, 2022) Modelling and scaffolding are essential...

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