The Library That Blew My Mind | Anne Glennie

During the Easter break, as part of my other day job, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. I had a fantastic two days at the fair, met lots of wonderful people, saw loads of fantastic children’s books, and ate the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. I was in my element: bathing in books, outstanding children’s illustrations, and generous helpings of gelato. But it was the library in Bologna that we visited on our last day – the Biblioteca Salaborsa – that really blew my mind. I gasped my way around the whole building, taking photos, and generally being…

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Graduate Writing Class Spring 2017 Week 10 | eslwriter

This is week 10 of the graduate school writing class.
ESL Writing Class
Attendance and review (5)

Last week
introduced writing and oral presentation project – moral dilemma
created schedule for speaking times

This Week
inquiry method of thinking and writing
two writing assignments
some feedback on past writing
Some Resources
A collection of articles looking at different aspects of inquiry based learning (British spelling enquiry)
Summary research findings about the benefits of an inquiry approach
George Hillocks Jr on why some teaching approaches are better than…

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In search for that elusive job…. | i.wilson

Okay – I know I have failed already with one of this year’s target for this blog, but things have changed and because of this so has some priorities. I’m currently trying to develop more of a split between personal and work life, mainly for my own sanity, but also because my activities with my game streaming and the radio station is taking up loads of my time away from work that I don’t really want to complete writing for this blog while ‘away’ from work. Because of this, I am trying to write and hopefully record my waffles at work since essentially I see this blog as part of my professional…

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Why ‘grammar schools for all’ won’t work | David Didau

A better, but overlong, title for this would be “Why grammar schools don’t work for all and why ‘grammar schools for all’ (probably) won’t work”.

At the birth of the comprehensive school movement, prime minster Harold Wilson made his well-known rallying cry, “Grammar schools for all’! Every child, no matter their background, or academic potential could go to a school which would share the values of the selective Grammar schools. It was a lovely idea and, as we all know, it failed to materialise. The reality, for very many children, became secondary moderns for all. Of course Wilson was…

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Learning by rote doesn’t mean not understanding | Toby French

From @TES article. I don’t see how learning quotes by heart will show a ‘deeper understanding’ of texts. Nonsense.

— Heather Leatt (@Heatherleatt) April 29, 2017

Does anyone actually teach decontextualised facts? I’ve made this argument previously, but it seems to be popping up again, with Heather Leatt’s response to an article in the T*S prompting yet more immature thinking on the matter.

The argument seems to go something like this: I can teach children to remember twenty quotes from Romeo and Juliet, but that doesn’t mean they understand the play. Well…

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GCSE 9-1 New content – Product rule for counting | JustMathsMel

I’ve been thinking about some of the new content in the GCSE and wanted to delve a bit deeper into some of the topics – not only to make sure that my understanding of the “learning objectives” are correct but if I’m honest I also think I have a hang up about subject knowledge, because of my experience trying to get onto my PGCE course when it was strongly suggested that maybe I would be better suited to teaching Business Studies (I have an Engineering & Business Studies degree from Warwick). Additionally, I’m very conscious that I sometimes just teach a “process” for several reasons:…

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