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Apr

06

2020
Introduction to ‘The Anxiety School Kit’

Introduction to ‘The Anxiety School Kit’

“Remove anxiety from your life now!” “Rid yourself of toxic emotions like fear and anxiety!” “Free yourself from anxiety and find joy and inner peace!” A Scottish book store, circa early 2020 Forgive me, but I have stumbled into the self-help section of the book store again. Seductive titles and subtitles are competing for my attention, suggesting, in some cases guaranteeing, a compelling transformation. I...

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Apr

03

2020
Lockdown CPD: Mark Enser on ‘Making Every Lesson Count’

Lockdown CPD: Mark Enser on ‘Making Every Lesson Count’

LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS | LISTEN ON SPOTIFY | LISTEN ON GOOGLE PODCAST This is the first of a series of interviews on ‘The Well Teacher podcast’ called ‘Lockdown CPD.’ It will explore with teachers the piece of research or book that has had the most impact on their teaching practice. Each interview will look at the practical implications of that learning in their classroom:...

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Feb

19

2020
‘A Quiet Education’ Overview

‘A Quiet Education’ Overview

I’m both delighted and very nervous that ‘A Quiet Education: Challenging the extrovert ideal in our schools’ is out today and available from both John Catt Education and Amazon. It is a topic that I am hugely passionate about and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write about and share with others. I will happily confess that writing this book was partly an act of...

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Feb

01

2020
Quiet Leadership

Quiet Leadership

In a gentle way, you can shake the world Mahatma Gandhi Fifty years ago, as he became the first person to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong uttered the words that would go down in history: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong had a quiet disposition. According to his biographer, James R Hansen, “There was nothing in Neil’s...

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Jan

02

2020
Avoiding Burnout: ‘A Quiet Education’ chapter.

Avoiding Burnout: ‘A Quiet Education’ chapter.

‘Take a rest. A field that is rested gives a beautiful crop’ Ovid A short journey through the etymology of the adjective “quiet” proves interesting in the context of burnout in teaching. It stems from the Latin quietus, meaning to be calm, at rest and free from exertion, and is borrowed from the Anglo-French and Middle French quiete, first appearing in the 14th century. For...

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Mar

01

2019

Teaching The Secrets of Effective Revision

Half of my life is an act of revision. John Irving I can’t quite believe that ‘Slow Teaching: Finding calm clarity and impact in the classroom’ came out a year ago this weekend. I have hugely appreciated all the people taking the time to pass on feedback and write reviews. It has been so rewarding to see that it has helped some teachers and had...

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Jan

17

2019
Ten Non-Fiction Books Every Teacher Should Read

Ten Non-Fiction Books Every Teacher Should Read

“The differences between expert performers and normal adults are not immutable, that is, due to genetically prescribed talent. Instead, these differences reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance. K. Anders Ericsson I didn’t write as much as I would have liked in 2018: it was a busy old year with the arrival of a wee chap who doesn’t fully support any writing...

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Apr

06

2018
Slow English Teaching: from superficial to skilled English Teaching

Slow English Teaching: from superficial to skilled English Teaching

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein. With our first wee one on the way in the next two weeks, (my wife is not appreciating my attempts to cajole he/she to hold out and share a birthday with Shakespeare on the 23rd of April), it will be a very quiet couple of months on here. When...

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