Markham T&L Blog

October 30, 2017

I would say that this is often one of the weakest areas of practice in teaching in relation to how important it is: checking that students know and understand what we think we have taught them.

If I tell you something or explain something to you I want to be sure that you’ve understood it now and are...

October 30, 2017

The memory of a chess master is both astonishing and limited.  Masters can take in and remember game situations at a glance; novices remember the positions of just a handful of pieces.  Yet masters’ memories are no better than those of novices when chess pieces are placed at random.  Simon and Chase...

October 23, 2017

Type the word ‘inclusion’ into google scholar and you’ll get a bazillion hits...it has been a buzz word for more than two decades in some parts of the world and is creeping into international education, regardless of support or criticism. I recently completed an MEd in Inclusion and Special Educatio...

October 18, 2017

Had the opportunity to talk teaching with an amazing group of math, science and technology teachers from my own region in the New York State Master Teacher Program on Saturday.  This post is specifically a follow-up to share two more examples of Cold Call, one of the techniques we discussed during t...

October 18, 2017

Suggesting that student engagement might actually be a bad thing tend to get certain people’s dander up. There was a mild spat recently about Rob Coe reiterating that engagement was a ‘poor proxy’ for learning.

 You can read the full blog post, and some very interesting comments, here: http://ww...

October 18, 2017

How do we motivate students in the classroom?

I think most teachers would agree that motivation plays a huge part in education, and that students who aren't motivated in a particular class are not going to learn very much. I wonder if this is more of an issue in Mathematics, English and Spanish as th...

October 12, 2017

I recently came across a couple of excellent templates for some brilliant activities to help get students thinking more deeply about the content they have been learning. You can access a file with all the activities here. All are provided in a single page format and also in a two per page format. No...

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