Category Archives: Teaching Forums

Improving behaviour – strategies for teachers

I have a suspicion that the latest EEF guidance report ‘Improving Behaviour in Schools’ will before long reach the top of the EEF’s download charts (if such a thing exists). The reason is the demand.  All teachers have at some point in their careers had to struggle with … Continue reading

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Explaining through Dual Coding

One of the greatest benefits of the worlds of cognitive science and teaching becoming more closely aligned, has been that a profession that relies so heavily on effective explanations has been given clear guidance on how to do it successfully. Dual Coding Theory, as … Continue reading

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Metacognition and Cognitive Load Theory

This blog is not a shameless attempt to boost Class Teaching’s monthly visitor stats by combing two educational zeitgeists. Honest. However, it is fair to say a lot of keyboards have been collectively tapped over the past few months creating … Continue reading

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Everyday challenge

As part of a series of blogs focused on Durrington’s six teaching principles, this piece deals with the underpinning principle of challenge.  It marries with Andy Tharby’s blog on the Durrington Research School website. A transformational moment for me when clarifying what … Continue reading

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Cracking homework

Homework has been on my list of whole-school responsibilities for some time now.  In fact, this will be the sixth year in which I’ve been charged with leading on all things connected to learning outside of the classroom.  Other than revision that … Continue reading

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Pruning your practice: seven criteria for cutting away ineffective strategies

By Andy Tharby At this time of the school year we usually dedicate some of our time to thinking about the new approaches we aim to adopt next year. Often we concentrate on the improvements we will make: better resources, … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Making the Most of Gained Time

It’s the time of year when the once faint glimmer of Year 11 gained time is now a blazing light for many teachers. Despite best intentions, it is all too easy to let these gained hours slip away and to … Continue reading

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