More on handwriting

The blog-post How important is handwriting? has generated some interesting comments which I thought I’d share here. One follower wrote, “There is little opportunity to develop motor skills right from the start and yet we expect children to be able to write earlier and earlier….

How important is handwriting?

So, just how important is handwriting? My own handwriting is pretty poor and in fact, I got a stark reminder of this a couple of years ago when I bumped into a teacher who taught me in the first year of infant school and reminded…

What makes good teaching?

Join in the debate by contributing your own lesson observation feedback, or commenting on the growing bank of feedback here… What makes good teaching? Like this:Like Loading…

Is innovation always the right innovation?

Schools, and for that matter, other organisations too, spend a lot of time solving problems. But a lot of this time is wasted because they are solving the wrong problems! In an article in The Times “Desperate schools seek governors they can beam in“, the…

Converting from Secondary to Primary

I’ve been asked to lead a session for Secondary teachers who are moving into Primary teaching. They have started the new term (Jan 2015) with their own primary classes, having only taught in Secondary schools in the past. I’d love to hear your thoughts on…

Clear out the clutter!

On Page 19 of the Times today, there is a report on how¬†local authorities, including Norfolk and Newham in east London, have commissioned Elizabeth Jarman, an independent consultant, to help ‘declutter’ school classrooms and nurseries to make them calmer environments. Instead of being a riot…

E-readers ‘damage sleep and health,’ doctors warn

This report appears on the BBC website today – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30574260. “If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned. A team from Harvard Medical School compared…

Hyperactivity in pre-school children

There is an interesting report in the Guardian this morning (P1 &4) – or click here for the online version – “ADHD drugs increasingly prescribed to treat hyperactivity in pre-schoolers”. It reports that more than a fifth of educational psychologists say they know of pre-school…

Schools cannot be expected to do everything

On P.62 of today’s The Mail on Sunday, it is reported that¬†Ministers have backed a campaign that calls for first aid to be added to the school curriculum. Schools minister David Laws says the skills should be taught as a compulsory part of Personal, Social…

Education Jargon

Everyone in education is guilty of it – I sit in some meetings and after 20 years involved in teaching and school leadership, I can just about survive and navigate my way through the acronyms, abbreviations and terminology. But, having recently moved to work in…