Diigo in Education

Global Math Task Twitter Challenge

Posted: September 19, 2017, 12:41 pm


Posted: September 19, 2017, 12:39 pm

Retaining older teachers for secondary education - Lessons from Holland?

Posted: September 18, 2017, 1:03 pm


  • "Not all teachers succeed in staying happy with their work until the end of their career. Dissatisfied older teachers will tend to quit before reaching retirement age. Work overload, low status of the profession, disruptive student behaviour, and a poor relationship with students are reasons often mentioned for the declining job satisfaction of older teachers." - Martin Burrett

Tags: retention, Holland

by: Martin Burrett

The Historian's Toolkit

Posted: September 18, 2017, 1:01 pm


  • Pages 356-71 of Oxford Insight History textbook about concepts and skills - pauljola

Tags: history, oxford, textbook, concepts, skills, toolkit

by: pauljola

Making Time for Quiet Contemplation — The Learner's Way

Posted: September 17, 2017, 8:08 am


  • In our busy and highly connected lives it can be difficult to find time to slow down, to deliberately and mindfully engage in reflective contemplation. Taking the time to do so can be significant for success, creativity, mental well-being and learning and yet we seem to struggle to commit time to this valuable practice. Schools, in particular seem to offer little time for students to slow down and think, and with the busy lives students lead such time is often entirely absent. - Nigel Coutts

Tags: education, teaching, learning, contemplation, time

by: Nigel Coutts

Primary pupils who own mobile phones are more likely to be cyber-bullied

Posted: September 15, 2017, 10:02 am


  • "Research to be presented at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition finds that they are also likely to be bullies too" - Martin Burrett

Tags: research, bullying, mobile, cyberbullying

by: Martin Burrett

2017 Online Conference

Posted: September 14, 2017, 8:50 pm


  • "Due to demand, we are delighted to announce details of our first online conference. Educators from around the world are invited to participate in this inaugural event, where the focus is on pedagogy, classroom practice, and ideas to improve teaching and learning.

    The event will take place over 3 days in October 2017 (24-26 October) – planned to be during the half-term holidays for most educators in the UK – but educators are also invited along to share in the incredible pedagogy that goes on in classrooms around the world." - Martin Burrett

Tags: conference, education, educators, teachers, CPD, PD, professional development

by: Martin Burrett

An Insider's Guide to Subject Knowledge

Posted: September 14, 2017, 2:30 pm


  • "Do we regularly review our subject knowledge? Can you be a great teacher if you’re not a subject expert? How much weight do school leaders give to subject knowledge in terms of CPD & budgets?

    This is a conversation for all, whether you’re new to the profession or you’ve seen more exam specs and curriculum initiatives come and go than seems even viable!" - Martin Burrett

Tags: ukedchat, subject knowledge

by: Martin Burrett

Whole Class Feedback Template by @JNewsumEnglish

Posted: September 11, 2017, 9:23 pm


  • "Feedback template with sections for SPaG errors, presentation, next steps, targets and more." - Martin Burrett

Tags: feedback, assessment, marking

by: Martin Burrett


Posted: September 11, 2017, 7:44 pm


  • "A very useful tool to capture videos of your computer screen, webcam and audio as a shareable upload which can be downloaded for offline use and editing." - Martin Burrett

Tags: screencapture, video

by: Martin Burrett


Posted: September 11, 2017, 7:28 pm


  • "Amazing augmented reality map-based app where users pin images to specific geo-locations for others to discover. Upload photos, clues for a virtually trail, or virtually displaying work around your school. Default set to share to contacts only for pupils to use safely, but teachers can share publicly." - Martin Burrett

Tags: Augmented Reality, map, images, treasure hunt, trail, photos

by: Martin Burrett

Contemplating the consequences of Constructivism — The Learner's Way

Posted: September 10, 2017, 9:21 am


  • Constructivism is one of those ideas we throw around in educational circles without stopping to think about what we mean by it. They are the terms that have multiple meanings, are at once highly technical and common usage and are likely to cause debate and disagreements. Constructivism in particular carries a quantity of baggage with it. It is a term that is appropriated by supporters of educational approaches that are in stark contrast to the opposing view; constructivism vs didactic methods or direct instruction. The question is what are the origins of constructivism and does a belief in this as an approach to understanding learning necessitate an abandonment of direct instruction or is this a false dichotomy? - Nigel Coutts

Highlights and Sticky Notes:

learning is a process which occurs within the mind of the individual as they process stimuli arriving from their sensory buffer from their environment (broadly speaking), into working memory and onward into long-term memory. 
  • The emphasis does not have to be on the individual, as is common. The social group learns by means of individual, but joined and synchronized, learning. - Rafael Morales_Gamboa

self-guided learning or self-initiated learning

what is significant

the research on what produces effective learning supports this

independent practice

This desire is evident when we expect our learners to be scientists, historians, geographers, researchers and problem solvers/finders.

We teach the skills of inquiry, problem solving and experimentation and then provide opportunities for independent practice.

we have previously instructed them in

The gradual release of responsibility model of instruction suggests that cognitive work should shift slowly and intentionally from teacher modeling, to joint responsibility between teachers and students, to independent practice and application by the learner

It is not always the case that learning is best served when the process begins with direct instruction.

Schools provide a rich environment within which such learning may occur
  • It is not always the case, and I would rather say that is not often the case, if our cultural legacy that depicts the school in literature and films. - Rafael Morales_Gamboa

best model can be to begin with an independent exploration of new content even when this produces failure

schools maximise their impact on the learning that occurs

constructivism urges teachers to ensure that the learner is at least as involved in the process as their teachers are

Tags: constructivism, teaching, learning

by: Rafael Morales_Gamboa

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