Garbage in, garbage out | David Didau

This is my latest article for the rather wonderful Teach Secondary magazine. Schools are awash with data but do we know any more about how children are performing, how likely they are to achieve particular targets or what’s preventing them from making progress? All too often the answer is no. The problem can be simply […]

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Survivorship bias and the enduring appeal of bad ideas | David Didau

During the World War II, British bombers were suffering a fairly awful attrition rate and the RAF were understandably keen to try to improve their survivability. Most of the bombers that limped back to base showed signs of heavy damage around the cockpit and wing tips and so the prevailing opinion was that if these […]

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What’s the best (and easiest) way to teach? | David Didau

I thought I’d said all I ever wanted to say about group until, responding to a tweet from an education professor exhorting all teachers to add group work to their teaching repertoires, I unwisely suggested that maybe that wasn’t such great advice. Unless you teach PE, drama, or some other subject where outcomes require cooperation […]

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What if everything you knew about mindsets and resilience was wrong? | David Didau

Here are the slides I use for my talk at researchED Malmö: What if everything you know about mindsets and resilience is wrong? from David Didau The following is the English text of an article I wrote for Pedagogiska magasinet on which the presentation was, in part, based. What leads to success? Obviously, as teachers, we […]

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