How to Boost Speech and Language Development in Early Years | admin

The early years of childhood are a highly significant stage in terms of speech and language development. With increasing numbers of children starting school with poor levels of communication, it’s vital that early years settings are providing all the support they can.
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Why is speech and language development important?

Speech and language development includes the ability to listen, understand and communicate verbally and non-verbally. There are many ways in which this skillset is beneficial to children:
It provides a strong foundation for school activities (eg…

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Is intelligence fixed? | admin

The idea that our intellectual ability is written in the stars is not one that’s confined to the classroom, but it’s certainly relevant, indeed central, to the way that teachers approach their craft. This idea is also key to the way that children are perceived, and the way that they perceive themselves. In our latest addition to the neuro-hit / neuro-myth resource, we explore what intelligence is, then look at the literature around how performance on cognitive tasks can be advanced or held back.

 

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Conception of the Good – Mathconf10: Worksheet-Making Extravaganza | admin

#Mathsconf10: Worksheet-Making Extravaganza
JUNE 25, 2017 / ADMIN / 0 COMMENTS

On Saturday, I spoke at #mathconf10 in Dagenham. The workshop was titled “Worksheet-making Extravaganza!” Indeed it was that.

When I started teaching I regularly went onto TES to download resources for my pupils. Usually, I would be annoyed that I couldn’t find a good enough worksheet because the worksheet I wanted would never be available. I then realised that I needed to start creating my own. However, in the process I realised that I found making problem types for different topics to be difficult…

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Reading all the Books – Teach Knowledge | admin

Teach Knowledge

What can you do when you inherit a clueless year 10 or 11 class? Teach them the test. It’s something that teachers who join struggling schools know well. Principals who are drafted in to turn around failing schools are not fools to throw their resources at year 11 intervention, a.k.a., teaching to the test. What is the alternative?

But kids at private schools and grammar schools don’t do better on these tests because they were drilled better in exam technique. They don’t even do better because their teachers are better paid, or better qualified, or their schools have…

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#Mathsconf10: Worksheet-Making Extravaganza | admin

On Saturday, I spoke at #mathconf10 in Dagenham. The workshop was titled “Worksheet-making Extravaganza!” Indeed it was that.

When I started teaching I regularly went onto TES to download resources for my pupils. Usually, I would be annoyed that I couldn’t find a good enough worksheet because the worksheet I wanted would never be available. I then realised that I needed to start creating my own. However, in the process I realised that I found making problem types for different topics to be difficult because my subject knowledge wasn’t up to scratch. Now, I am very good at maths but that…

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Teacher As Author Issue | admin

From materials writing to blogging, there are many ways in which every English teacher is also an author. In this month’s issue, David Dodgson, Katherine Bilsborough, Chris Mares, and Dorothy Zemach (the trainer of the upcoming iTDI Advanced Course, Self-publishing for ELT Teachers) offer their thoughts, perspectives, wealth of personal experiences, and useful practical ideas to help any teacher find their own way as a writer.
Dorothy Zemach
Which is Better, Writing for a Publisher or Publishing by Yourself?

Katherine Bilsborough
9 tips to help teachers become materials writers

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Conception of the Good – UK Maths Challenge | admin

UK Maths Challenge
JUNE 21, 2017

On Friday, I spent a couple of hours with a pupil in Y8 who has been selected to go through to the Junior Kangaroo challenge. Over half term, he was given past papers to attempt. We went through his answers and we discussed the questions he found difficult to do. In the process of going through some questions I realised how important knowing specific factual and procedural mathematical knowledge is crucial to a pupil’s success in the UK Maths challenge.

I am a huge fan of the UK Maths challenge. Why? Simply because each question is created to test…

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