Session 355: Teaching Career Choices | UKEdChat Editorial

The choices teachers make throughout their career can have a major impact on the opportunities which are available. At any stage, choices can be made to stay in the same school, location, or even within the same subject area or teaching phase. Many teachers feel compelled to climb up the career ladder in a linear and traditional way, whereas other individuals can feel that they wish to remove the shackles of expectations, targets and workload for another option which is less stressful.
Following the online poll, this #UKEdChat discussion will explore the career choices available to teachers,…

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Enforcing a weekday bedtime could help children get sufficient sleep | UKEdChat Editorial

Enforcing rules about bedtimes could help your child get the sleep they need on weekdays, according to new research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.
The study, conducted by researchers at Public Health Ontario, Canada, found that when parents actively enforce a bedtime during the week, their children were more likely to meet established sleep guidelines. Neither encouraging nor enforcing a bedtime had an effect on sleep at the weekend.
Dr Heather Manson, senior author and Chief, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury prevention at Public Health Ontario, said:…

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UKEdMag: What to change first? by @OLewis_coaching | UKEdChat Editorial

As a new middle leader it can be a nerve wracking time given that you could now be leading a team you were previously a part of, or starting in a new school where you’re unfamiliar with its systems. Luckily, for me, I was already a part of the school when I was passed the middle leadership baton. The nerves set in once I realised the size of the task at hand. However, once I got going it all paled into oblivion as there was, and still is, much to be done. Tread carefully, I remind myself, while I am bursting for changes, too much can be damaging and a hard task to maintain.
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How to strengthen communication in schools through technology by @SkoolerUK | UKEdChat Editorial

Is communication in your school a constant challenge? Are you drowning in email and are teachers leaving notes for each other in pigeon holes?
In many larger schools maintaining good communication between all members of staff to ensure everyone knows what is happening; when meetings are taking place etc is a big challenge and often something that teachers complain about, saying they feel uninformed or ‘out of the loop’.
This is a re-blog post originally posted by Antony Moore (on behalf of SkoolerUK) and published with kind permission.
The original post can be found here.
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Post SATs – should I be feeling like this? by @sirmobbsalot | UKEdChat Editorial

SATs week… Thursday…Mid-morning… The timer ticks to zero, papers are collected in and it’s my time to announce the end of the torment. I start by saying how proud we are of how hard they have worked all year and that they have represented themselves and the school brilliantly. I remind them that, whatever happens, their futures will not be affected by the outcomes. I assure them that they will no longer have to do daily double arithmetic lessons and pages of practice questions. But a thought will not leave the back of my mind… They still have lots of writing to do. Should I be feeling like…

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Computer game could help children choose healthy food | UKEdChat Editorial

A simple brain-training computer game could help children choose healthy snacks instead of chocolate and sweets, according to a new study.
Children who played a seven-minute computer game devised by University of Exeter psychologists made healthier choices when asked to pick foods afterwards.
The game involves reacting to images of healthy food by pressing a button, and doing nothing if unhealthy foods are shown.
“The sight of foods like chocolate can activate reward centres in the brain at the same time as reducing activity in self-control areas,” said Lucy Porter, the lead researcher on…

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Are we educating educators about academic integrity? | UKEdChat Editorial

A study by Swansea University researchers has found that student academic integrity is not a core concept taught to academics in Higher Education.
An academic integrity-focused approach to addressing plagiarism emphasises the promotion of positive values alongside education of staff and students about good, and bad, practice in writing, studying and assessment design. The concept was developed many years ago and is seen as desirable, yet it was not clear whether academic integrity features prominently in the education of academics themselves.
About one third of all university students…

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