Educational Reading


Mar

24

2017
The Ghost of Memory: Revision and retention for ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Ghost of Memory: Revision and retention for ‘A Christmas Carol’

“You recollect the way?” inquired the Spirit. “Remember it!” cried Scrooge with fervour; “I could walk it blindfold.” My Year 11 group initially studied ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the first term of Year 10. Three weeks ago we dusted off Marley’s chains and began revising it, eight weeks in advance of their exam. My opening gambit was deliberately provocative: each student was presented with a...

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Mar

17

2017
‘Making Every Lesson Count’ informed feedback experiments.

‘Making Every Lesson Count’ informed feedback experiments.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein I might have been tad overly optimistic at the end of last week’s post on using strategies from Andy Tharby and Shaun Allison’s ‘Making Every Lesson Count’: “Regardless, I skipped out of school on Friday afternoon like Mr Du Beke himself.” Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed a week of...

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Mar

10

2017
‘Making Every Lesson Count’ informed teaching of writing

‘Making Every Lesson Count’ informed teaching of writing

“Head orders empathy lessons for screen-fixated Generation Me” Headline ‘The Sunday Times’ I had a delightful train journey to Glasgow last weekend (to take my Gran to see Anton Du Beke of Strictly Come Dancing fame, seeing as you asked. Yes, as wild as it sounds, thank you.) The journey there I spent reading and reflecting on the first three sections of Shaun Allison and Andy...

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Feb

10

2017
Alice in Readerland: Year 7 and Doug Lemov’s ‘Reading Reconsidered’

Alice in Readerland: Year 7 and Doug Lemov’s ‘Reading Reconsidered’

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ How far to extend and challenge year Year 7? What is the balance between engagement and rigour in the Key Stage Three classroom? What do we want to secure in terms of reading habits in Year 7? As I highlighted in this post evaluating the research on...

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Dec

27

2016
The educational book to read in 2017: ‘Hopeful Schools’ by Mary Myatt

The educational book to read in 2017: ‘Hopeful Schools’ by Mary Myatt

“Hope. Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope”. Barack Obama Hope has not been a popular word in 2016. Politically, Obama’s unifying rallying call from this speech in 2004  feels like an echo from a bygone age. The cynicism of Trump; the insularity of Brexit; the coarsening of public discourse, it has all filtered through our subconsciousness and...

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