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Why no one can really multi task

Young people today are obsessed with social media, constantly switching from school work to Facebook, texting, Instagram or whatever the latest cool gadget is on their phones.  How does this affect their learning? They tell their parents and teachers that they are multi-tasking.  But is this actually […]

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PISA results are in…

I have made a few predictions about PISA both on this blog and on Twitter. I predicted an entrenchment of East Asian countries at the top of the table, a decline for Finland and perhaps a decline f… Source: PISA […]

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The importance of teaching handwriting

Read this blog post about the role handwriting has in learning to read and spell. http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/does-losing-handwriting-in-school-mean-losing-other-skills-too/

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How the job of a teacher compares around the world – some food for thought…

This article in The Guardian compares pay, teacher-pupil ratios, respect and working hours of teachers around the world. Should we be doing something different? http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/sep/05/how-the-job-of-a-teacher-compares-around-the-world

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Readers absorb more from paper book than Kindle

It looks like there is still a place for the paper book: Readers absorb more of what they are reading on paper than on the Kindle. Read article in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/19/readers-absorb-less-kindles-paper-study-plot-ereader-digitisation

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What is Lost – as Handwriting Fades

Are we giving up on the importance of handwriting too soon? A thoughtful article by Maria Konnikova

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Should handwriting be taught in the 21st century?

Read John Walker’s blog on the importance of handwriting in the development of  literacy. http://literacyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/why-pen-is-mightier-than-keyboard.html

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The secret of Finnish education: reading at the core of society and a simple phonic code

The Finnish education  is one of the most successful educational systems in the world.  It is very different from the system in the UK.  What are its secrets?  Two important factors are: reading is at the core of society and […]

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Why is London outperforming the rest of the UK?

Thanks to Joe Kirby for this uplifting report on why London Schools are outperforming the rest of the UK.  What is London’s secret? Pragmatic Education blog states that key for this surge of improvement lies in: partnership, leadership and quality of teaching.  Things […]

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