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The Problem With Professional Development

I recently had the great pleasure to read a paper called, provocatively and insightfully, ‘Professional Development: A Great Way to Avoid Change’. It was published in 2004, by an Australian educator, Peter Cole. Though over a decade old, the messages about the deep rooted flaws in much of the professional development undertaken by teachers still …

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NTEN ResearchEd York – Teachers Doing It For Themselves

  I look on the NTEN ResearchEd conference at Huntington School yesterday with a glowing pride. Is there a little confirmation bias attending my feelings? Yes. And who the hell cares! It felt great – and that matters! My evidence – nearly three hundred people: talking, smiling, questioning and debating teaching and research evidence. People …

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Is [insert educational fad] the New Brain Gym?

‘Is [Insert educational fad] the new Brain Gym?‘ is such a commonly heard refrain on social media outposts like Twitter that it has become easy shorthand for criticising dubious educational practice. Students donning their thinking hats, working out with their branded brain gym strategies and exercising their left brain has been satirised with scathing intent. The …

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