Author: Rachel Andersson

Homework in Disguise : Everyday Activities that Reinforce Learning

There seems to be a growing trend towards questioning the value of homework, particularly at primary level, with some schools now going as far as abolishing it altogether. Yet it is hard to find consensus on the topic. While some educators believe it is essential to have a regime of structured homework to reinforce what is learnt in class, others take a minimalist approach. Equally, parents have widely divergent views on the subject, influenced not only by how well their child is doing in school but also by how hectic the child’s life is outside school. However, irrespective of...

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Five Festive-Themed Activities with Curriculum Coverage for the Primary Classroom

This time of year can be tricky. Curriculum time is quickly eroded by a combination of sickness, end-of-term fatigue and rehearsals for the Christmas production. You still have to teach but there is an expectation that you will throw in the odd festive-themed activity as a nod towards the fact that everyone is on a countdown towards the holidays. There are many Christmas and holiday-themed activities out there, but many seem to be more time-fillers than credible learning opportunities. Here are five of my favourite suggestions for festive-themed activities with a bit more substance. Snowman sight word bingo The...

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Evaluating Teaching – Can Pupils Objectively Judge the Quality of Teaching?

With the publication of the latest version of Education Scotland’s school self-evaluation tool came the announcement that there would also be a version of the document aimed at pupils.1 The purpose, apparently, is to involve pupils in evaluating teaching. Understandably, this has caused considerable consternation amongst teaching professionals. Yet while it has been acknowledged that some teachers may feel uncomfortable about this, the official message appears to be: ‘Tough, you’re just going to have to get on with it.’ Why involve pupils in evaluating teaching? In our increasingly service-based culture, performance targets and customer evaluations are ubiquitous. Even a simple...

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How to Help Children Identify Healthy Role Model

What is a role model? In one guise or another, the topic of role models crops up regularly in PSHE lessons. During the course of the discussion, it often becomes clear that our notion of a role model – someone who exemplifies good behaviour and noble characteristics – differs from the children’s own definition. When we mature, we tend to leave behind the fervent but sometimes irrational – and very often immensely forgiving – idolisation of particular individuals that characterises childhood, in favour of a more measured admiration of people who have proven themselves worthy of our good opinion....

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Five Ways towards Banishing Bullying from your Primary Classroom

The timing of anti-bullying week and its theme – ‘Power for Good’ – resonate particularly strongly this year, given certain events being played out on the global stage just now. At home we have seen Prince Harry issue a plea to the media to stop bullying his new girlfriend, while abroad we have witnessed an individual accused of all manner of bullying and prejudiced behaviour elected to one of the most powerful positions on the planet. Since the Human Rights Act (1998) became enshrined in UK law in 2000 and the Education and Inspections Act (2006) obliged state schools...

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