Tuesday, 2 October 2018

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'The axiom to which I always return is this: What you permit you promote. What you accept becomes acceptable. If we fail to hold the line, then we make all sorts of horror possible. It is our moral and professional duty to provide clear, sensible and wise rules and then to uphold them.'

David Daidu on Rules for Life and Behaviour Management

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Better Questioning

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An Excellent Blog for all teachers of Modern Foreign Languages


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This is a very interesting piece of research about Talk for Writing. Students' perceptions, and boys' views in particular, remind us as to why Talk for Writing is so powerful:


I used to hate writing. It was boring listening to the teacher groan on and on because I would just sit there and do nothing. Also then it was hard. Now I love it because it is so much more easy and I produce more work. I think it’s got easier because our teacher teaches us all the things and then we learn stories that include all the things. I also feel more confident…"

“It helped me to memorise it, and drawing the pictures was fun. Usually, I don’t enjoy writing but with this we got to act out and learn in a fun way. Now I know what the writing should sound like and then I can write about anything.”

Download the PDF of Christopher Fox's Research Report


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In this article, Daidu questions Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset theory in terms of grit and resilience, using statistical studies to prove his point. I particularly liked this analysis: 

In order to help students develop healthy beliefs about effort and hard work, we need to help them improve how they practice. We could help children understand what good looks and feels like through effective modelling. Then, we should provide the scaffolding and support required to ensure they can be successful before removing that support as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming dependent on it. Once children have experienced success then it becomes reasonable to ask them to struggle.


What if everything you know about mindsets and resilience is wrong? from David Didau

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Luckily for our primary staff, Gareth has agreed to return to TBS for our Conference next year (April 15th to 17th) to share even more of his excellent visual teaching tools that help make Mathematics more accessible and exciting for students. 

Gareth Metcalfe and Primary Mathematics


Twinkl resources to support...

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Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018