Brad's Blog

It starts in the corridor

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Poor behaviour doesn't start in the classroom. It walks in from the corridor and the wider community. If left uncorrected poor behaviour has consequences for all. For teachers it can generate significant stress and cause many to consider leaving the profession. For students as a whole the misbehaviour of a few impacts on learning time and may depress overall progress. For those indulging in poor behaviour life chances are often sharply reduced because they will…

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Well-being

Thursday 20th October 2016

A few weeks ago I climbed to the top of Malham Cove. As I took in the magnificent view across the Yorkshire Dales in bright sunshine I was conscious of the natural endorphin rush and the general feeling of well-being. I was also aware of how effectively it made me switch off. Earlier in the week I had watched Dr Chris Van Tulleken's documentary, 'Trust me I'm a doctor' and his attempts to reduce the prescribing…

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To blend or flip?

Tuesday 18th October 2016

The terms Blended Learning and Flipped Learning both originated in the USA but within the UK it would appear that Blended Learning is increasingly being adopted as the preferred term to describe the application of online learning. Feltag avoids both terms and simply refers to the application of 'digital technologies'. It is difficult to know how far schools and colleges adopting the term 'Blended learning' do so to reflect a pedagogical preference. Whereas Blended Learning…

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Jazz up team selection

Tuesday 18th October 2016

If you are training or teaching and wish to place your group into teams then let's go for something more creative than 1,2, 3 etc. Here are my top ten favourites to jazz up the movement into teams. In most cases you can develop curriculum specific links and tease out some wider learning and acknowledge learners who can explain and/or elaborate. 1. Colours Assuming four teams label four tables orange, red, green and purple by…

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