Fail-safe memory recall techniques for students | TES #Memory #Revision #Schools #Education 

To help your students improve their memory-recall techniques before their exams, it’s vital to understand the essential role of memory in learning.  Misconceptions are often based on rote learning and memorisation, or the mistaken notion that remembering mere titbits of knowledge is pointless in the electronic era of Google.

Source: Fail-safe memory recall techniques for students | TES

Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland’s teachers are different #Education #Teaching #Finland 

Extensive training is the basis for giving teachers the autonomy to work the way they want. The result is a highly prized profession and an education system always near the top in international rankings

Source: Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland’s teachers are different | Education | The Guardian

Improving teaching and learning: ideas for heads of department – Improving Teaching #Teaching #Learning #Education

There’s a good case to be made that better teaching and learning is best achieved by departments.  Some things can only be solved at a whole-school level, such as behaviour; others, like less…

Source: Improving teaching and learning: ideas for heads of department – Improving Teaching

1. Make an effort to talk to someone different in the staffroom #teaching #health #stress #wellbeing #brilliantdayatschool

As teachers, we are sometimes guilty of moving in quite a small network of teacher friends/colleagues. A science department might, for instance, work together in a group of labs and prep rooms located together in a different part of the school. They then will probably socialise together and have lunch together. There is much to learn from integrating more and talking to teachers and support staff in other departments. Get to know other people and be interested in them.

This post will form part of a series of posts under the label of How to have a brilliant day at school….for teachers.

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Thank you

David

Should teachers put students to the driver’s seat?

Teaching in Finland

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One of the most recurring ideas in teaching concerns the role of students and teachers. Progressive teaching methods advocate student-centric approaches, whereas traditional models promote teacher-led teaching. Which one works the best?

Having read an article in Education Week, in which a teacher with 29-years of experience criticised overusing student-centric methods in teaching, I decided to tackle this topic. The article makes several claims about what happens with regards to teaching when students are put to the driver’s seat (marked in bold). In italics you’ll find my reflection on the claims.

  • Fun over function, cosmetic engagement over actual learning
    One might wonder do teachers test out various student-centric teaching methods focusing overly on fun rather than practicality?
    If students are seemingly active or busy in the classroom, how can we verify they’re actually learning? Is it just easy to believe learning is taking place then? (Related see also…

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