Markham T&L Blog

November 8, 2018

Seven Myths about Education is an exploration of some widely held ideas about education, and how they are not true. Daisy Christodoulou expresses her annoyance that she was told these ideas as facts as a young teacher, and explains in detail why she now believes them to be untrue.

For each of the sev...

April 4, 2018

Article: The Science of Learning

Author: Deans for Impact

Article Reading Time: 20 minutes


The Science of Learning is a summary document on areas of cognitive science which are directly linked to how students learn. It takes the research and gives practical implications for teachers. It is found...

September 21, 2017

Over the past 20 years, what do you think teachers have wasted their time doing most?

I thought I’d share some education-hearsay – noun: information received from other people which cannot be substantiated – and gimmicks, fads and myths we’ve all had to endure in our schools. These are in no particul...

August 19, 2017

For quite a long time I was not particularly concerned about misconceptions. Trained in a predominantly exploratory and student-centred style, misconceptions were inevitable in my lessons. Requiring novices to work in groups and to access material with limited or no support effectively guaranteed th...

August 17, 2017

With the research I have been doing lately I have come across many things that seem like they should be at the very heart of teacher training, but are things that I have never seen before. Rather than put my own list together, here are some links to articles put together by educationalists with a mu...

July 6, 2017

I have been listening to the Mr Barton Podcast for about a year now. It makes my journey to and from school each day a bit more interesting. And it has changed my teaching.

This is no understatement. Ideas that I have heard in this podcast have had a huge impact on me, along with the research that th...

May 19, 2017

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms.

It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and d...

March 12, 2017

Recently I was asked to nominate a book or piece of writing that I thought represented the best educational writing of recent years. I took liberties with the brief and chose ‘The Science of Learning’, by the US organisation Deans for Impact. I chose it because it’s a brilliant little summary of wha...

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