What are the seven styles of learning?

If you sat down to eat the same meal every night of the week, you’d soon lose your appetite. Learning is just the same. If every lesson and assignment was carried out in exactly the same way, students would soon lose their appetite to learn. (And teachers would probably lose their appetite to teach, too!) Variety, change, new combinations – …

Read More

How to use Visible Thinking Routines in your classroom

Of all the skills that we want students to gain from their educational journey, the ability to think for themselves is possibly the most important. Thinking, in its truest sense – of questioning, challenging, exploring, solving – is an indispensable life skill to take forward, for both their professional and personal futures. ‘Visible Thinking’ brings together a series of techniques …

Read More

Engaged and disengaged learners: what’s the difference?

Making sure that your students are engaged with learning is fundamental to teaching. Yet it’s often one of the most challenging aspects to achieve. That’s always been the case. Attendance, behavior, discipline – factors like these have been part of classroom dynamics since the earliest schools. What is new? The impact of the digital age. The contemporary student is used …

Read More

10 techniques to try with students who struggle to stay attentive

Paying attention in class. It’s absolutely fundamental, yes? Surely students only learn when they listen to the teacher and follow the lesson closely? Actually, maybe not. Today’s digital world presents students with a plethora of demands for their attention – far more than we experienced as children. Some see this as a worry, fearing that we face raising a generation …

Read More

How can you talk to parents who don’t seem to care?

As every trainee teacher knows, motivating students who seem disengaged from learning is a fundamental classroom skill. To many practising teachers, it’s actually among the most rewarding aspects of the profession. Less expected: disengaged parents. In fact, meeting a parent who doesn’t seem to care about their child’s educational progress can be one of the most dispiriting experiences a teacher …

Read More