Graham Nuthall

The Hidden Lives of Learners and Me

When I was growing up I sought out books that mirrored my world. I can name the narratives that walked me through my tortured teens, or those books that helped me attempt proper adulting. From each reading, familiar character became both a reflection and a fragment of myself.  When I became a teacher, few books …

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The (Potential) Perils of Peer Tutoring

  I’ve always held with the Beatles lyric that we get by with a little help from our friends. In classrooms, with students learning and helping one another learn, it can often help too (when done well). The evidence to support the effectiveness of ‘Peer Tutoring’ programmes in schools has always been strong and I …

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Teachers – ‘Read…Refine…Reflect…Repeat’

A short reading list for your reflection and refinement.   There is a apocryphal tale, attributed often to Abraham Lincoln, though it almost certainly predates America itself, about the value of ‘sharpening your axe‘. The simple moral of the tale is that we need to spend more time sharpening our figurative axes – that is to say …

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Edu-Quote: Graham Nuthall on Adapting our Teaching #1

  I am writing a series of short posts that quote directly from educators who have inspired my thinking about education and more. Here is the first edu-quote for your reading pleasure. In this edu-quote Graham Nuthall captures the brilliant complexity of learning and teaching. It makes me consider what I do in the classroom …

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Evidence in Education and Building Bridges

The drive for research evidence being used in education has achieved something quite radical in our time: it has been met with near universal political consensus. You won’t hear Gove or Hunt bickering over this debate. A diverse spread of organisations are also in support – from teaching unions like ATL and the National Association …

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