The 3Rs - Reading, writing, and research to be interested in #45
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6d ago
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Goal Setting and Building Cathedrals
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by Alex Quigley
6d ago
How do we encourage reluctant children to successfully stick with a tricky task? How do we advise truculent teens to persist through a long and winding learning curve fraught with failure? These are the perennial questions we ask that are about how best to motivate learners to undertake the struggle needed to achieve learning success.  Helping pupils to set goals may be one of the best opportunities to motivate pupils to persevere through difficult tasks. It is no silver bullet, but if we can help pupils to look forward into the future – they may find more meaning in their current effort ..read more
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The 3Rs - Reading, writing, and research to be interested in #44
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by Alex Quigley
2w ago
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How to do disciplinary literacy?
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by Alex Quigley
2w ago
How pupils read, write, talk, and the vocabulary they use in every classroom is specialist and unique. There are general words and literacy strategies to deploy, but as pupils move up through school, the language they use gets more specialist and subject specific. As a result, the language of the subject discipline matters. 'Disciplinary literacy' matters. Take a moment to quickly read the two following texts: What do you notice? Both texts are ostensibly describe fire, but their language mediates that concept in very different ways. The fiction text by Ray Bradbury is a tour de force descri ..read more
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The 3Rs - Reading, writing, and research to be interested in #43
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by Alex Quigley
1M ago
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Adaptive teaching or reasonable adjustments?
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by Alex Quigley
1M ago
“Is adaptive teaching the same thing as ‘reasonable adjustments’?” I get asked this question often when working with teachers and leaders on developing adaptive teaching. It is no surprise, given they can often appear similar when applied to classroom practices that support pupils with learning needs. It is helpful for busy teachers to know some of the parallels, but also to be clear about some of the differences.  What are reasonable adjustments?  ‘Reasonable adjustments’ are specific changes that are made to a child’s life at school so that they are not disadvantaged compared to t ..read more
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Fixing Learning with Formative Assessment
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by Alex Quigley
1M ago
Even with the best-laid curriculum plans, classroom learning can easily go awry. A painstakingly crafted lesson plan is always at the mercy of pupils’ misunderstanding.  In his brilliant book, entitled ‘The Hidden Lives of Learners’, Graham Nuthall observed and recorded around 10,000 lessons and concluded that: “One of the greatest enemies of effective teaching is pupil misunderstanding. No matter how well you describe something, how well you illustrate and explain it, pupils invent some new way to misunderstand what you have said.” It is a chastening truth. They may remember t ..read more
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The 3Rs - Reading, writing, and research to be interested in #42
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by Alex Quigley
1M ago
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The Problem with Past Papers
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by Alex Quigley
1M ago
My weekend typically involves helping coach my boy’s football team in muddy fields in the far corners of North Yorkshire. It is one of those parental experiences that mingles pleasure with pain. From narrow wins to thumping losses.  Coaching is a lot like teaching. From wrangling a bunch of excitable teens to the pressure of a big game proving parallel to an exam. What the weekday training drives home is that how novices learn looks very different from the big game.  The paradox of learning can be hard to grasp: playing the big game – like sitting a mock examination – is rarely the ..read more
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Focusing on Learning Failures and Problems
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by Alex Quigley
2M ago
If you want to guarantee clicks on an article or to sell a new product, a focus on failure is the last thing you’d do. People want success. Ideally, they want success quick, cheap, and easy. And yet, when it comes to securing success in classrooms, I think it is imperative that we focus more on learning failures and problems.   If we only focus on solutions – be they curriculum planning, oracy, or ‘cold calling’ – a busy teacher won’t be prepared when they inevitably go awry in the classroom. If we better understand the problems we are looking to solve, and the likely failures that ..read more
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