12 rules for schools – Rule 2 Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping | David Didau

This is the second in a series of posts adapting Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life to the context of eduction. You can find my thoughts on Rule 1 here.  According to this study, one third of every prescriptions a doctor writes goes unfilled, and, over half of those people who do collect their medication won’t take

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12 Rules for schools – Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back | David Didau

I’ve just finished the Canadian academic and controversialist, Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules of Life: An antidote to chaos and my over-riding impression is that it’s an important, erudite and thoughtful addition to the library of anyone interested in philosophy, ethics, religion, literature, psychology and the history of thought. But it’s an often challenging and occasionally

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Can we develop a ‘love of learning’? | David Didau

Why are some people healthier than others? This might sound like a bit of silly question. The answer is surely obvious: some people eat better and exercise more than others. But is that all there is to it? Couldn’t ‘healthiness’ be attributed, at least in part, to our genes? Might some of us be born

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Getting culture right Part 2: Understanding group psychology | David Didau

This is the second post on getting cultures right in schools. You can find Part 1, on social norms and using normative messages, here. We are essentially social animals, and have evolved to thrive in groups. Although we tend to be disposed to share resources and cooperate with those we perceive as belong to our group,

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Teaching to make children cleverer – Part 3 | David Didau

As discussed in Part 1 of this series of posts, it seems probable that the best way to use education to increase children’s cognitive capacities is to increase the quantity and the quality of what they know. In Part 2 I discussed ways we might increase the quantity of what of what children know about the world

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Teaching to make children cleverer – Part 2 | David Didau

In my last post I reviewed those aspects on intelligence which are likely to be most malleable by teachers. Briefly, research into individual differences suggests that intelligence is fairly stable and that environmental factors – parenting and teaching – seem to wear off over time. At the same time, research into social attitudes (the rise

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A year in blogging | David Didau

This was my sixth year of blogging and it was a real mixed bag. For reasons of mental well-being I more or less stopped blogging in the last four months of the year and almost completely swore off social media. That said, almost 750,000 people visited the site and I managed to cobble together over

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