Interweaving the Curriculum

My talk at ResearchEd Conferences this year has been on Interweaving the Curriculum. Slides are at the bottom of this post. The ideas of retrieval and spaced practice are increasingly being used as lesson planning considerations and are used to help support and advise pupils when it comes to revision and independent study. In many…

Character Education

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@Greeborunner) considers the role of “Education with Character” and asks, aren’t we doing this anyway? Character education is an umbrella term loosely used to describe the teaching of children in a manner that will help them develop variously as moral, civic, good, mannered, behaved, non-bullying, healthy, critical, successful, traditional, compliant or…

Losing sight of the subject

Yesterday I was at the University of Brighton talking to PGCE students about the ways teachers use educational research. At the end of the session I showed them my own 10 year challenge; a lesson I taught ten years ago and a lesson I taught now. These lessons are ones I have discussed here before. The…

An engaging post

There is an understandable antipathy in some education circles around the word “engagement”. For a long time it was used in sentences like: “You need to plan engaging lessons to prevent bad behaviour” “Make sure you plan engaging activities” “Make sure you engage pupils by making the lesson relevant to their lives” etc etc. The…