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Engagement and motivation

Disengagement from learning is a serious problem in schools, not only for the visibly disengaged (such has those who drop out from school), but also for ‘disengaged achievers’ – students who are adept at achieving good grades, but are turned … Continue reading

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Dan Pink on motivation

Claire sent this link to a TED talk by Dan Pink on motivation. TED – Dan Pink

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Dweck’s theory of motivation

Here’s an article on Geoff Petty’s site about Carol Dweck’s work on motivation for learning: Dweck – Theory of motivation Dweck’s ideas helped form the basis of programmes like BLP and the theory is simply explained on the site. The … Continue reading

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Eliminating unnecessary workload

The ‘Workload Challenge’ consultation ran between 22 October and 21 November 2014. In February 2015 the analysis of this survey was published. The survey asked three main questions about workload: Tell us about the unnecessary and unproductive tasks which take … Continue reading

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Psychology of behaviour management (part 3)

In the last posts, I briefly examined some of the key ideas and limitations of offering rewards and sanctions, and restorative approaches. Both of these tackle the issue of behaviour at an individual level; in this post I want to … Continue reading

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The ‘artificiality’ of teaching

In my last post, I argued that the universality and the spontaneous development of teaching leads to the conclusion that teaching is a natural ability. The post generated some really interesting responses, but one from @informed_edu made a direct attempt … Continue reading

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Is teaching a ‘natural ability’?

What characteristics does a teacher need to be effective? The answer appears to be elusive as various reviews find that most teacher characteristics appear to have only marginal impact on student attainment. For example, looking at maths teaching Rockoff et al (2004) … Continue reading

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Results and analysis – part 4

The analysis so far has looked at broad trends within the whole sample of respondents, then looked at some of the different attitudes expressed by teachers working in the primary and secondary sector, and then looked in more detail at … Continue reading

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Results and analysis – part 2

The first part of the survey analysis looked at broad patterns in opinion across the whole sample. Whilst there appeared to be a broad consensus for one of the questions about pedagogy, there appeared to be something of a continuum … Continue reading

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Results and analysis – part 1

How divided is our profession in our approaches to pedagogy? Some argue that there is a gulf between teachers preferring more ‘progressive’ and more ‘traditional’ approaches. Others say that these apparent divides are based on false dichotomies and that – … Continue reading

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