Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning | Edutopia | toomanysusans

In this free classroom resource guide, you’ll get practical tips across the K-12 spectrum, as well as a reading list and a variety of resources to help you learn more about this fascinating field. To help your students explore their own brain power, we’ve also included a bonus project that will get students thinking critically about how they learn.

Download the pdf here: Six Tips for Brain-Based Learning | Edutopia

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UKEdMag: Effective Educators Engage Imagination by @perfinker | UKEdChat Editorial

My advice to all educators: Don’t shoot yourself in the foot.
This is, of course, a fairly gruesome way of saying “don’t do something without intending to which spoils a situation for yourself” (Cambridge English Dictionary).
This article originally appeared in the May 2017 edition of the UKEdChat Magazine – Click here to view
I offer this advice to all educators who neglect imagination. If you are an educator who feels that in your subject area, learning context, or specialisation, there simply isn’t time or space for imagination, you may unknowingly be limiting the effectiveness of your…

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Check123 – Video encyclopedia | James Kieft

Check123 – Video encyclopedia 
I think we would agree that there is a wealth of useful content and information available online, with YouTube having 400 hours of video content uploaded every minute online, the challenge is finding the content that is appropriate and of suitable quality.
As I mentioned in previous posts, I firmly believe that one of the skills a teacher now requires more than ever is the ability to locate and curate suitable content.
That is where Check123 comes in they have already curated lots of useful video content, to create what they refer to as a video encyclopedia,…

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Are more pupils really taking arts subjects? | Dave Thomson

Schools Week last week published a handy summary of Ofqual’s release of summer 2017 examination entry statistics.

It notes that entries in EBacc subjects have risen whilst entries in other subjects have fallen. This raises the question of whether the EBacc is crowding other subjects out of the curriculum.

In defence of the EBacc, Schools Week quoted a Telegraph article from 2016 in which Nick Gibb, the schools minister, claimed that the percentage of pupils entered for at least one GCSE in an arts subject (art and design, music, or performing arts) increased from 46% to 50% between 2011…

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Northern Rocks 17: Wonder Women | The Hopeful Headteacher

I have not met Debra Kidd before, but I have followed her on twitter and read her blogs for a while, admiring her from afar. As someone who organises a lot of large events, I take my hat off to her for the huge and very slick event she pulled off last weekend. I am even more impressed after seeing her in action and listening to her speak.

I have tried to get to Northern Rocks for a while but am normally in the summer season of hen do and wedding fever by June. Last year I booked, only to have to forfeit my ticket as I had my Headship interview on the Monday. This year I had my Ofsted call…

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Inspiring Leadership: Creating a Legacy | The Hopeful Headteacher

It has been a crazy few weeks in the final push for getting Aureus ready to open so I have fallen a bit behind with blogging my reflections. I want to capture my journey and experiences in my founding year so bear with me as I catch up!

Inspiring Leadership 2017 was held in Birmingham a few weeks ago. It was the first time I have been able to make it, and Steve Mumby had contacted me asking me to contribute a session on Diversity. I could only make day 2 of 3.

Opening – Steve Mumby:

I had not met Steve before nor heard him speak but I am delighted I caught his  closing key note before…

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Support ‘Looked After’ young people’s education | john howson

In my post on 11th June, after the outcome of the general election was known, I suggested some issues that could still be addressed by a government without an overall majority. First among these was the issue of school places for young people taken into care and placed outside of the local authority. They have no guarantee of access to a new school within any given time frame at present. It seemed to me daft that a parent could be fined for taking a child out of school for two weeks to go on holiday but a local authority could wait six months for a school place to be provided for a young…

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