Militant tenderness: how teachers are rooting out sexism in school | The Guardian | toomanysusans

Skinhead English teacher ‘Mr Pink’ is one of many finding ways to stop stereotypes sticking, even among the smallest children.

Often it’s about as little as being relentlessly polite – saying please and thank you to his pupils – or expressing his emotions. “I’ll well up because a kid has written something beautiful or amazing,” he says. “Why would I hide that?”

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Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say | NPR | toomanysusans

Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you’re forced to slow down.

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Going back to school in a war zone | BBC News | toomanysusans

It’s back to school – but for millions the prospect of another school year will not mean new books, bags and subjects. It will be a struggle to get an education against a background of war, conflict and being refugees far from home.

According to Unicef, there are 17 million children of school age who are refugees in countries hit by conflict.

For those who manage to get to school, the UN children’s agency says that education in emergency situations can mean classes of 70 pupils and unqualified teachers.

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What makes a ‘toxic’ environment? Part 3 | Ac-Ed | toomanysusans

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This is part 3 of exploring and dealing with a toxic learning environment where we look at teacher retention.  Part two is here

I have mentioned that I have found that there are four needs we all share when it comes to engaging in learning, well it is the same for any activity in which we wish to collectively share and this includes teaching. Part two introduced the need for a sense of belonging for learner engagement.

Teachers are learners so it should come as no surprise that a sense of belonging is as important to teacher engagement, and importantly retention, as it is…

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