At the heart of every lesson is the need to have a two way dialogue with our students. The need to tell them what they got right and the parts that they need to work on. I have tried a number of approaches that have seem to work for a short while but then the
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Homework

So this is a topic that I am barely going to scratch the surface of and the research into homework is varied and flawed and is one of those questions that doesn’t have a sensible answer. I am going to discuss my own homework journey and also the observations I have made of students that
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So I ran the Max box problem with a bright group of kids. If you are not sure what it is then the problem starts with a square piece of paper. You cut out ever increasing squares out of the corners and then raise the sides to make an open box. The idea is to
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So this is an area of interest and controversy in most of the current educational research. There barely seems a week go by when someone stands up as says that technology has no place in the classroom. This week was the turn of an Australian head teacher. He has banned laptops from the classroom and
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So I am standing at the door of opportunity with 2 current paths to choose from and in a total quandary of which way to turn. The situation is made far more complicated by the fact the two directions are far apart and have massively different rewards. Couple this with increasing pressures at home to
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Today was world book day and I read out loud to 5 classes. I am not an avid reader and certainly reading out loud is something I seldom choose to do apart from to my own children. Our English department found a short story and split into 6 parts. I thought it was a cool
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So I am embarking on a mission to make the world a smaller place. I have taken part in a small project that an American teacher of World History started and set up and now I am looking to take a similar project on board and get students from around the world sharing their learning
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Hands aloft

Students spend a lot of time in the classroom with their hand in the air waiting to be told how to do a task, what they think the answer is or to tell you what happened to them during break time. Students are obsessed with replicating ideas that they have assimilated from the teacher and
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