Hexagonal Learning The mantra of all successful lesson observations these days is that students should be seen to be making progress. Perhaps the best way to show that you’re having an impact on their knowledge and understanding is to show that the learning is ‘deep’. By that I mean, knowledge that transfers from students’ working memories into their long-term memories. Students understand new ideas by relating them to existing ones. If they don’t know enough about a subject they won’t have a solid base from which to make connections to prior knowledge. Psychology prof Daniel Willingham‘s advice to teachers is as follows: Provide examples and get students to compare themMake deep knowledge the spoken and unspoken emphasisAccept that shallow knowledge is better than nothing Using SOLO will help address these points: I’ve been grappling with SOLO for some time now and owe a huge debt to Lisa Jane Ashes who has managed to explain it more clearly than anyone else. Why hexagons? And here’s some of the impact:
English teaching resources | A site to share my resources for secondary English teaching. This is why teachers leave teaching On Thursday, Mark Clarkson wrote a blog post that started off like this: I seriously considered leaving education today. And if I had a viable exit strategy I might have taken it further. Note the end of that sentence: a young, talented teacher with so much to offer the world feels like he has no ‘viable exit strategy’. I should know. You should go and read Mark’s post. On top of the ridiculous workload teachers like Mark experience each year, he notes that the benefits aren’t exactly stellar: At the same time I am told that I will have to work for another 36 years. I’ve been out of the classroom for just over two years now. Although I would say this, I think we need a review of what we’re doing when it comes to schools. I’ll give the last word to Mark. I’m not leaving teaching today, because there are still too many moments that I enjoy. Image CC BY-NC paulbence
7 Resources for Detecting and Preventing Plagiarism 1. The first thing I do when I want to check a student's work for plagiarism is to do a quick search on Google. If you notice that a student has strung together some phrases that you don't think they've written, put the suspected phrase inside quotation marks and search. 2. 3. 4. Paper Rater is a free service designed to help high school and college students improve their writing. Plagiarism Checker.com works just like many similar services. 7. Que font les écrans à la confiance ? Par Laurent Bègue , professeur de psychologie sociale, membre honoraire de l'Institut Universitaire de France Libération Le récent rapport de l’Académie des Sciences consacré à «l’enfant et les écrans» a fait l’objet de mises en causes multiples depuis sa publication . Ne rendant compte ni des risques médicaux et sociaux liés aux temps passé devant les écrans durant l’enfance, ni curieusement de l’étendue des usages potentiellement bénéfiques (en dépit d’une tonalité apologétique de fond), il ne répond pas avec la clarté et la précision que l’on peut exiger de cette haute institution aux enjeux de santé publique que pose la prolifération des écrans. A l’heure où un industriel spécialisé dans la publicité dissémine des écrans dans les parcs publics à destination des enfants, notre Académie ne trouve rien de mieux à nous dire que «il ne sera possible que de réduire à la marge le temps d’exposition aux écrans» . «Syndrôme du monde méchant»
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Targets, targets, targets Target: Make a table. So, you need wood, screws, a saw, screwdriver, a tape measure and spirit level. All the raw materials you need are laid out. Setting to work, you know that as long as you put everything together properly, follow the instructions and give yourself the time, you will end up with a table. But hang on, the wood has been taken off by someone else to be given some extra intensive wood training. You want to make a table, so you get the materials and you are directly responsible for whether the table ends up being fit for purpose, or whether it looks more like a small rodent shelter. In teaching, you may have the raw materials, but there are so many variables. However, students are not planks of wood. Don’t get me wrong, poor teaching should not be allowed to hamper student progress. We seem to live in a time where when something goes wrong it is someone else’s fault.
When is self-plagiarism ok? When linkurl:Robert Barbato; of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) heard he was being accused of plagiarizing his own work, he was a bit surprised. "I can't plagiarize myself -- those are my own words," he said. When linkurl:Robert Barbato; of the E. Enseignement catholique, une liberté de choix plébiscitée Enseignement catholique, une liberté de choix plébiscitée Un sondage publié en exclusivité par « La Croix » montre que les Français trouvent l’enseignement catholique utile mais un peu élitiste. (Melanie FREY/ReservoirPhoto) Au collège-lycée Charles-Péguy de Bobigny, en 2006. Au collège-lycée Charles-Péguy de Bobigny, en 2006. Dans une interview, son secrétaire général, Éric de Labarre , explique que « l’école catholique n’a de sens que si sa proposition éducative est originale » Une attractivité toujours très forte S’ils avaient des enfants en âge d’être scolarisés, 43 % des Français souhaiteraient les inscrire dans l’enseignement privé. Un fort attachement à la liberté de choix La liberté laissée aux parents de choisir entre un établissement public ou privé fait l’objet d’un véritable plébiscite : 90 % des Français trouvent en effet normal que ce choix existe (soit 6 points de plus qu’en 2009 (1). 72 % estiment même que cette liberté constitue une « chance » pour notre système éducatif.
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman This autumn, the BBC's drama serial based on Vasily Grossman's epic novel of Stalingrad, Life and Fate (1959), comes to Radio 4. It will have a starry cast, including Kenneth Branagh as the nuclear physicist Viktor Shtrum – the nearest thing in the vast human ensemble of the book to an alter ego for Grossman himself . With any luck, a public much larger than the one that encountered the novel in Robert Chandler's excellent English translation will soon recognise Life and Fate as all the things critics say it is: one of the great narratives of battle, a moral monument, a witness-report in fiction from the heart of 20th-century darkness, an astonishing act of truth-telling. And it truly is these things. There are similar intensities of close vision to be found in the scenes set in "House 6/1", the besieged outpost in Stalingrad that becomes a kind of microcosm of what Grossman, as a war correspondent, had found to love in the Red Army.