Narrow vocabulary hits pupils grades | BBC News | toomanysusans

Research suggests four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary have limited vocabulary.

Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk of them do not know enough words to do well at school.

According to academics, four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary school have such a limited vocabulary that it is affecting their learning.

Many teachers from the 800 secondaries involved in the Oxford University Press research say the problem is worsening.

They blame the “word gap” on too little reading for pleasure.


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WHY? | Ac-Ed | toomanysusans


Why dedicate yourself to introducing and promoting a way of thinking about, and going about, teaching and learning?

I was asked this question and have been asking myself the same thing as I struggle to make a significant impact on teaching and learning through the promotion and adoption of my concept of “learning Intelligence”. After a career teaching and seven years of reflection, research and developing a vocabulary and narrative for what works in teaching and learning I need to answer this question in order to continue to justify my efforts and to remain motivated. Motivation…

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Stuck in the past: the UK needs to produce creative thinkers not exam-passing machines | | toomanysusans

The world is changing fast and education is not equipping children with the kind of minds they are going to need.

At the moment, we exist in an education culture in which the outcome has replaced a sense of wonder and opportunity; a chance to be challenged, to get better, to be fulfilled and reach our full potential – what American psychologist Abraham Maslow called self-actualisation.

The problem is that a first-class degree is no guarantee of success at postgraduate research level, in which the 3Cs (creativity, critical thinking and collaboration) are becoming increasingly important….

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Learning to say “No” | Ac-Ed | toomanysusans


Teachers, on the whole, are a pretty compliant bunch. Ask them to do anything and they will often find a way to add it to their list. There comes a time though when enough is enough and for your own health and well being you have to say “No“, but how?

‘Enough is enough’ when work life is not in balance, in fact, your work is your life to the detriment of both.  We reach the end of our capacity to take on anything new or different and often retreat to known practices and routine. This is a not a solution only a coping strategy.

You may recognise in others and even yourself…

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