Reading Group and Hattie (2) Inspiration (and pragmatism)

The concept of Hattie’s ‘visible learning’ is clever. It’s a meta-analysis of many educational research papers (a study of the studies). The key premise is that Hattie evaluates educational practice in terms of its’ effect size on progress. However, when you flick through the pages at the end of a long day (or at the beginning of a short day) you’re bombarded with statistical analysis, which can be a little hard to swallow.

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New year’s resolutions that last (and really help!)

Resolutions? I think they are worthwhile: they help us to change the status quo of our teaching. But to make them workable and long-term, they shouldn’t be radical overhauls (marginal gains).They need to be straightforward (but effective) so that you can make them habits, rather than just intentions.

Teach like… a Champion?

For many teachers, the final summer half term is something we look forward to from about January. Gained time from the departure of Year 11 and Year 13 to do what we all really want to do be doing: planning fun, engaging – yet rigorous – lessons for September, developing Schemes of Work to be…