Book Review: What if everything you knew about education was wrong? by David Didau

This is a review of Book 18 of my Reading Challenge, for more details and links to pretty much all the books i've read this year, see here. David Didau casts his critical eye over every nook and cranny of education in this work published in 2015. He blends research, current political opinion and his… Continue reading Book Review: What if everything you knew about education was wrong? by David Didau


Book Review: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This is my review of book 17 of my Reading Challenge. Find out more about what I am doing and why here and here.  After hearing lots of good things about Malala Yousafzai and her wonderful work, I thought I would try her book; I didn’t realise that I Am Malala would reinvigorate some of the… Continue reading Book Review: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

On Defiant Behaviour

Defiant behaviour - we’ve all had to deal with it as teachers. I want to offer one humble insight here, building upon a few experiences i've had over the past few years. To do this, I’ve amalgamated a few stories into the one I’m going to share… A critical moment... Mr Blake takes his rambunctious 7… Continue reading On Defiant Behaviour

Modelling: What it is and Why it matters

“Where was the modelling in that lesson?” asked a colleague who observed my teaching in my first few weeks. After she spoke, I searched my brain for an adequate answer to this question and found nothing…I didn’t really know what it meant, not in the classroom anyway.

Book Review: Making Every Primary Lesson Count by Jo Payne and Mel Scott

My next review as part of my Reading Challenge 2018, for more details on this see here; a must read for all primary/elementary teachers. “Success cannot be defined by the government or a test and it certainly isn’t about labeling children. It is unique and personal to each individual, and it is our job as… Continue reading Book Review: Making Every Primary Lesson Count by Jo Payne and Mel Scott

6 Features of Excellent Explanations

My last post attempted to explain why excellent explanations are so important in teaching. In this post I will try to draw together the many brilliant things that have been said by others on the topic of explanations to try and see if there are features of this core teaching skill that cut across phases… Continue reading 6 Features of Excellent Explanations

Excellent Explanations (Part 1)

Excellent Explanations Part In this first of a series of blog posts, I want to argue for the power of accurate, clear and efficient teacher explanations in the learning process and why they are so important. Teaching is Explaining: A lesson learnt Part way through my first year of teaching I delivered a maths lesson… Continue reading Excellent Explanations (Part 1)

Book Review: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman’s seminal work on emotional intelligence has been on my reading list for a while; this post will review what I learned from it and my particularly thoughts about what he has to say about education. His core thesis begins with the claim that the conceptual understanding of intelligence in the 20th century has… Continue reading Book Review: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman