GCSE Music Revision Tips

Some great advice here. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi there! Do you take Music GCSE? Then this post is for YOU! Please imagine me pointing at you like in one of those posters. Okay, no, for real — I’m currently in Year 12, having taken my GCSEs last year, and one of the most frustrating things was being the first group to take the course in almost all my subjects. There were very few resources or guides available, and even the teachers didn’t really know what to expect from marking.

Unfortunately I don’t know exactly how they marked my exam, but I was really happy with my music result as I got a 9 (A* equivalent). I thought it would be useful for me to share some of the resources, methods and ti[s that worked for me. This post is going to be focusing on the written exam — I took Edexcel GCSE, which is the one where…

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Lexplore – A clear view on reading #reading #education #teaching #learning #dyslexia #technology

A unique AI based method of assessing reading…

Combining 30 year’s research with the latest in machine learning and eye tracking technology, our unique solution is able to determine a child’s exact reading attainment in a matter of minutes.

“It is quick, straightforward and easy to manage within the day-to-day routine of the school.”

By monitoring spontaneous eye movements we can pick up on minor differences in the way children’s brains process text, helping to identify those with language based learning difficulties much earlier in their development, and tailor specific interventions to their individual needs.

“The assessment helped uncover examples of children who were not previously identified as having reading difficulties.”

Requiring no administrative input our solution supports existing learning programmes by freeing up teacher time and quickly demonstrating the outcome of targeted interventions for each individual child.

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THE PHYSICS TEACHING PODCAST #Physics #Teaching #Podcast

We believe that physics teaching is a wonderful thing, but are aware not everyone agrees. In the UK more and more non-specialists are getting the opportunity (welcome or otherwise) to shine a light on peoples misconceptions about the World around them.

We started this podcast to provide useful information about how some of the best physics teachers we know teach the subject. Nearly always the answer will be ‘do some practical work’, which we know is essential to grounding understanding as well as being fun to do and making lessons easier to manage.

If you have found this page then we are truly amazed, and hope you will stay with us on our journey. If you are a Science teacher who would like to share your love of Physics teaching with the World, please contact us using the form below.

Robin and Thomas

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How to handle smart devices in the classroom?

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Perhaps we’ve all been there. Getting swept into the world of internet and its infinite-appearing sources of information and media for countless hours – while the rest of the world awaits. Due to their ease of use, availability and cost-effectiveness smart devices are these days de facto method when connecting to multitude of sources and people.
But it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as is evident by an article e.g. from The Sydney Morning Herald titled ”‘Schools need to react quickly’: Education expert urges smartphone ban“.
Let’s inspect the smart device phenomen more in depth.

For some students smartphones and tablets offer a way to shield oneself from the noise of the classroom. One may even escape reality. Additionally, listening concentration music while carrying out an assignment appears common. Some just play games during a lesson for the fun of it. There are certainly times when teaching…

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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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Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson

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Have you ever thought about why schools are the way they are? What they were created for?

To do highly standardized factory work, the owners would require people who possess standardized factory knowledge. So at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century mass education was introduced built around conformity and obedience, using the same linear processes that made factories so efficient.

100 years later students still run through the same standardized, test-infested machine, to become cogs in the system when those cogs have long stopped being valuable.

The problem with this model of education is that all humans are unique, we all differ physically and in our talents, personalities and interests. So the linearity concept of standardized education is not benefiting us.

Our school systems are now a matrix of organisational rituals and intellectual habits that do not adequately reflect the great variety of talents of the students who attend…

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What is the perfect education?

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a. The Setting

Education should take place in a setting that is friendly, warm, secure, safe and beautiful. The building and rooms should be cheerful, artistically interesting and full of stimulation. The grounds should be a haven of nature.

b. Education should be fun

c. The Teachers should be warm and caring and devoted to their students.

d. The curriculum should be broad and all encompassing. It should also be fluid.

e. There should be no facts – just opportunities to explore and discover and concepts to understand.

f. There should be all manner of equipment to enable that exploration.

g. Teachers should be facilitators to assist and guide.

h. Lessons should be discussions, investigations, experiments.

I. Creativity should be at the core of everything that happens.

j. The curriculum and syllabi should be flexible to enable children to explore

k. Testing should be diagnostic.

l. Basic skills and knowledge…

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100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Engaging Learners (100 Ideas for Teachers) #Books #Teaching #Learning #Lessonplanning

Are your students really engaged in your teaching? Teachers everywhere are looking for quick and easy ways to liven up their lessons, try something new and exciting, or just tweak a strategy or practice that they have been doing for years. This is a recipe style books that you can dip in and out of when you are looking for inspiration. 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Engaging Learners contains techniques and activities to apply to every area of classroom teaching, from livening up displays to using technology effectively, and even includes advice on greeting students and providing motivational feedback. Put these ideas into practice to get your class engaged and ready to learn.