Markham T&L Blog

July 12, 2019

Article: The Components of Direct Instruction

Author: Cathy L. Watkins, Timothy A. Slocum

Reading Time: 2 hours

The purpose of this article is to summarise the ideas behind Direct Instruction (DI), dispel some of the myths around it, and give an overview of the research base.

“The purpose of Direct Inst...

July 12, 2018

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning is an excellent introduction into the many areas of cognitive science that sheds light on how we best learn. The book is split into chapters each of which focuses on a particular area of this science. However, much of this information is given follow...

June 8, 2018

Article: Boosting Achievement With Messages That Motivate

Author: Carol S. Dweck

Article Reading Time: 10 minutes (5 pages)

"The most motivated and resilient students are not the ones who think that they have a lot of fixed or innate intelligence. Instead, the most motivated and resilient students are...

May 16, 2018

“By 2030 depression will be the most significant health issue facing the millennial generation”. (WHO, 2012)

Conference Overview

The purpose of the Healthy Hearts and Healthy Minds Conference was to address and unravel how educators can best prepare students for an increasingly challenging, ever chang...

April 4, 2018

Article: The Science of Learning

Author: Deans for Impact

Article Reading Time: 20 minutes

Summary

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...

March 14, 2018

In this post I am going to share some of the ideas I use in my day to day lessons. These aren't lessons that I have prepared specifically for an observation, or those one-off lessons designed to engage/challenge students beyond the curriculum. These are the bread and butter of my teaching. The thing...

February 9, 2018

This post is a summary of the book Making Every Lesson Count by Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby.

The book aims to provide a set of strategies, based on research and anecdotal evidence, that teachers can implement to improve their teaching. Most strategies are accompanied by an anecdote on successful (o...

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...

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