With the summer holidays drawing to an end, we need to start thinking about the new academic year. This is a new beginning and a big step for children. They gain new responsibilities and learn more challenging material.   Amongst the preparation of new stationary and school shoes, there’s undoubtedly some nervousness. Starting the new…

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Working towards deadlines can often mean having to plan and set aside time for completing work.   But sometimes students can put off doing work until the last minute when it is due. This could be for many reasons. Some people work better under pressure in a shorter time frame, whilst others may need to…

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Using blended learning approaches is a beneficial and popular method of teaching. Blended learning combines online learning materials alongside a traditional classroom methods. It is especially useful this year, as most students have had to learn from home.   There are many forms of online learning. It involves using online tools, such as watching a…

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Constructivism is about one’s understanding of the world, primarily as a result of their previous experiences. Constructivism theory for teaching and learning is the process of combining old experiences with new information and knowledge.   People inherit information from their previous experiences and use this to understand new information they learn. This new information and…

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A teacher’s role is to make a positive difference in their student’s lives. As a result, teachers can be under a lot of pressure in order to help their students’ achieve.   Because of this, teachers can sometimes neglect their own wellbeing. That’s why practicing mindfulness is an important way to deal with stress and stay…

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GCSE and A Level results are a little different this year due to the current pandemic.   Students have been unable to sit exams and instead receive their final grades through teacher predictions and mock exam grades.   On Friday 20th March, all schools were closed to everyone, asides from vulnerable children and children of…

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A teacher’s schedule can be relatively full-on. Teachers need to balance making lesson plans, setting homework and teaching, to name a few. Time management methods for teachers can help to organise this.   That’s why time management is crucial  for balancing all of the tasks teachers are faced with on a weekly basis.    …

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Metacognition skills are beneficial to students’ learning for many reasons. It improves the way people learn by being aware of their own thought processes.   John Flavell coined the term metacognition in 1979; he defines it as the knowledge of one’s cognitive ability. Understanding the way we think improves how we learn by controlling our…

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The term Grit was coined by Angela Duckworth. It can be defined as having passion and perseverance for achieving important long-term goals.   That is why Grit is a useful strategy for students to practice.  It teaches them to work hard and strive towards their goals. This poses the question: Can Grit be taught and…

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What motivates people to work? Many scholars have tried to answer this, creating their own theory.   An interesting motivation theory is Abraham Maslow’s Need Hierarchy. It is a theory of motivation which priorities our needs in order of importance. By doing so, they become easier to manage and reduces stress.   Maslow suggests that…

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