Habits of Success – Harry Fletcher-Wood – A Review and Reflection

I wrote a review and reflection about Harry's Responsive Teaching which you can find here. As teachers and leaders, we often think and talk about what goes on in the classroom in distinct categories. This is helpful because it gives us a way to talk the same language as others in a busy environment.  When… Continue reading Habits of Success – Harry Fletcher-Wood – A Review and Reflection

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A Pedagogical Mind: 5 Books that have shaped my curriculum thinking

I’ve been thinking about books and ideas that have molded and formed my pedagogical brain. For post one in this series, see here. For post two in this series, see here. Here's five books and a couple more suggestions, that have shaped my thinking on curriculum to date.... Seven Myths About Education – Daisy Christodoulou Daisy’s… Continue reading A Pedagogical Mind: 5 Books that have shaped my curriculum thinking

A Pedagogical Mind: 4 Books that taught me how to teach

I’ve been thinking about books and ideas that have moulded and formed my pedagogical brain. These books haven’t given me tips and tricks on how to teach better; they have shaped my view of education, schooling, the classroom and all importantly, how teachers ought to relate to students. These books have given me a vernacular to talk about teaching with more precision.

Understanding How We Learn – Yana Weinstein, Megan Sumeracki and Oliver Caviglioli – A Review

What goes on in the mind when learning? This is one of the perennial educational questions that has bamboozled philosophers and psychologists for generations. Although I don’t think that cognitive science is even partly able to answer it, I think it is a field of research that educators ought to have some knowledge of, since… Continue reading Understanding How We Learn – Yana Weinstein, Megan Sumeracki and Oliver Caviglioli – A Review

The Research ED Guide to Explicit and Direct Instruction Edited by Adam Boxer – A Review

Direct Instruction has been something I’ve been intrigued by but not had a chance to really delve into both as a teacher and a leader. I first heard about it when I read Barak Rosenshine’s principles of instruction. To be honest, at first it felt like it might just be a hyper-traditional approach to teaching… Continue reading The Research ED Guide to Explicit and Direct Instruction Edited by Adam Boxer – A Review

Rosenshine’s Principles in Action – A Review

I have read pretty much every post of Tom Sherrington’s blog since I’ve started teaching; i’ve always been impressed at how simply he conveys the complexity of all the dynamic and complex aspects of school life, particularly the classroom, learning and teaching. But none of his writing is simplistic. He cuts through the multifarious web… Continue reading Rosenshine’s Principles in Action – A Review

How Learning Happens – Kirschner & Hendrick – A Review

Sometimes you read books that change things. This book about seminal works is seminal in itself. It might be assumed it is just no more than a summary of important psychological research for teachers organised nicely and illustrated in a sophisticated way. It would be good and worth your money if it was just that.… Continue reading How Learning Happens – Kirschner & Hendrick – A Review