Tag Archives: Ideas

Improving the effectiveness of homework

Interesting study published this week in Educational Psychology Review this week claiming that by making 3 relatively small changes to homework significantly improved outcomes. Rice study: Simple changes to homework improved student learning The study alternated the type of homework … Continue reading

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Overcoming exam anxiety

An interesting article by Annie Murphy Paul on overcoming exam anxiety to improve test performance. She says: “Many capable, hard-working students perform poorly on exams because they’ve overtaxed their “working memory” … “When students are anxious about how they’ll do … Continue reading

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Working memory and differentiation

‘Differentiation’ is one of those ‘slippery’ terms that can mean different things to different people. I often find some of the strategies offered to be a bit incoherent and often question how evidence-based they really are. Here’s a possible alternative … Continue reading

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Three blog posts on marking and feedback

Given the focus on responsive marking at the moment – here are three blog posts discussing helpful strategies: Reflecting English: Strategic marking for the DIRTy-minded teacher The Learning Spy: Marking is an act of love Headguruteacher: Making Feedback Count: “Close … Continue reading

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Lesson study

Here’s an interesting model of ‘Lesson Study’ that could be used within coaching: Lesson Study: Preparing for AS Essay Writing

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Quick overview of differentiation

A short blog article which identifies a range of different ways that differentiation can be accomplished: A Quick Introduction to Differentiation

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APA Learning & Memory digest

Having found a helpful BPS blog, I thought I’d see what the APA (the US equivalent) might have: APA: Education APA: Learning & memory Whilst browsing I found an interesting short article on student avoidance strategies in mathematics that might … Continue reading

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BPS Education Research Digest

The British Psychological Society runs an extensive blog summarising a wide range of psychological research. The link below takes you to a digest of recent research linked to education. BPS Research Digest: Education Some recent examples of articles: Do children … Continue reading

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Four principles of memory improvement

Here’s a nice, short summary of some of the research into improving memory with some ideas as to how they might be incorporated into teaching. Schwartz, B. et al (2011) Four Principles of Memory Improvement: A Guide to Improving Learning … Continue reading

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Behaviour for learning

Behaviour for learning becomes a coaching focus in the New Year. Click through to some of the resources to support BfL coaching below: Behaviour for Learning resources

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