Lesson planning, efficiency, and the value of duplicated work

Speaking at Bett last week, Nicky Morgan made noises about reducing teacher workload through the sharing of lesson plans between schools: "Increasingly, curation [of lesson plans] can help to reduce duplication in the system and help to spread good practice from school to school." In this post, I want to take a closer look at this idea of duplication, and… Continue reading Lesson planning, efficiency, and the value of duplicated work

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What Neil Postman taught me about teaching and television

Back when I was fairly new to teaching, I sometimes wondered how I could make my lessons more like TV. Maybe I should play a theme tune at the start of each class, I thought. Something that would get the students pumped up and ready to learn. Something dynamic, like Easy Lover by Phil Collins. You'll be… Continue reading What Neil Postman taught me about teaching and television