Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5054, July 26

A Day in the Life of ... Dr Steven Van Zoost: Feature
For this Canadian teacher, 'The Shire' (aka his classroom) is a place of adventure, where students enjoy light-bulb moments of discovery and deep conversations about humanity.I arrive at school early: early enough to greet my neighbouring colleagues...
Behaviour - Helping Children with Mental Health Issues: News
Teachers should open students' eyes to these problems, recognise warning signs and ask for expert help if they think it is required.There is a myth within society today that mental health problems are an adult-only concern. In reality, children and young...
By the Numbers: News
International studentsSchool-leavers are becoming increasingly global in their outlook, with teenagers prepared to move thousands of miles to attend university.Between 2000 and 2011, the number of international students more than doubled and the growth...
Classroom Practice - Revisit Revising to Make the Lesson Last: News
When it comes to looking back, the old ways aren't the best. After all, there's not much long-term benefit from short-term cramming.Now that the exam period is over for another year and we are in the first flush of the summer holidays, we can look back...
Coming to a Classroom near You ... Google's Project Loon - 3G Access Balloons: Opinion
The internet may sometimes seem inescapable but it is estimated that only about a third of the world's population has access to it.Yet we should not worry: Google is attempting to fill the gap with the interestingly titled Project Loon. This involves...
Drama - Fringe Benefits of Treading the Boards: News
Teachers and students take to the Edinburgh Festival stage.For most teachers, the end of term is a time to wind down and start thinking about work-free days of summer indolence.For Sam Mitchell, however, it is something quite different. "We're going...
Equality - Gay Teachers Less Likely to Challenge Homophobia: News
They fear drawing attention to their sexuality, study shows.Gay and lesbian teachers are less likely than their heterosexual colleagues to discipline students when they witness homophobic bullying at school, for fear of drawing attention to their sexuality...
From the Editor - Pisa Is Not Perfect but Rankings Are Here to Stay: Opinion
The world before the Pisa rankings was a bit like the non-European world before it encountered the Victorians. Until the stern men in large hats and big gunboats steamed in, non-Europeans naturally assumed that their way of doing things was the right...
International Tests - Unions Call for Pisa to Pull Ranks: News
Present results in block form, not league tables, OECD adviser says william stewart.Teaching unions want league tables and individual country rankings to be dropped from the world's most influential international education study.Their call comes in response...
Is Pisa Fundamentally Flawed?: Feature
They are the world's most trusted education league tables. But academics say the Programme for International Student Assessment rankings are 'useless' and based on a 'profound conceptual error'. So should countries be basing expensive and often controversial...
It All Ends in Tears: Comment
You know something extraordinary is taking place when Courtney writes "Miss U 4 Eva" on the back of Ryan's school shirt. Could it be that we are on the brink of a new era of reconciliation? Or are we simply witnessing the latest manifestation of that...
Leadership - We Need More Space to Learn: News
To meet the challenges of an expanding enrolment, school leaders must think creatively.To be a successful leader, you need a bit of imagination. The role is such a varied one - requiring bespoke solutions to unique problems - that attempting to box all...
Lesson Plans: Resources
10 LESSON PLANSInternational Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August1. Slavery and forced labourWhat is slavery? Why is it still allowed to happen? This useful introduction covers the subject from a historical standpoint...
Mind Games: Columnists
My husband thinks he's bipolar. I expect he'll grow out of it, like he did his previous delusions, such as thinking he was God's gift to women, a dab hand with a drill or the next George Clooney. Interestingly, his most depressive episodes coincide with...
Miss Woolliter, Mr Flanagan & Miss McMahon: Feature
Three teachers - one sporty and enthusiastic, another a fair-minded disciplinarian and the third a glamorous geographer - were all winners in this presenter's eyes.Not one but three teachers were hugely important to me at school. They came to my wedding...
My Inbetweeners Moment: Comment
Moving to a new school is a daunting experience for any student. When I describe the sickness in your stomach that does not go away for weeks, I speak from personal experience. It gnaws away at your insides until you either give in or just accept that...
News at a Glance: News
Asian students more likely to progress, figures showStudents with an Asian background are more likely to progress to education, employment or training at the age of 18 than those from other ethnic groups, statistics from England show. Around 80 per cent...
Pay and Conditions - Performance Pay Is Popular with Public: News
Majority support it and a third disapprove of strikes, poll reveals.Moves to link teachers' pay more closely to performance have met with massive opposition from teaching unions in England, sparking plans for strikes in the autumn term.But a survey published...
Physical Education - Olympic Legacy May Become a 'Gimmick': News
Opportunity to capitalise on Games is fading, experts fear.This time last year, the eyes of the world were fixed on the UK, as the minutes and seconds were counted down to the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.Just 12 months on, however, and...
Post-16 - an Answer to the Ultimate Question of Digital Literacy: News
Google HQ is the model for a new school in Paris, called 42.For a country famed for its revolutionary spirit, France has a remarkably rigid and inflexible education system.Highly centralised and government-controlled, French schools are good at imparting...
Resource of the Week - Crossword Books - at a Crossroads: Resources
A series of crossword books aids children's transition to 'big school'.The arrival of a new cohort of children at secondary school is an exciting but testing time for everyone involved.For the children, it means upheaval. They are moving from a school...
Rhythm and Roots: Feature
Prizewinning poet John Agard talks to Helen Ward about his delight in words, the teacher who inspired him and why getting children to learn poetry by heart is 'a very good thing'.John Agard is a poet who lets words bubble out of him. He speaks slowly...
Special Educational Needs - Where the Disabled Are Hidden Away: News
China under fire for poor record on inclusive education.Parts of China's school system have won plaudits for their impressive results in international league tables. But according to a new report, children with disabilities or special educational needs...
Stop Those Summer Days Drifting Away: Comment
Advocates of shorter school breaks take heed: many teachers use this valuable time off to volunteer or improve their skills.Summer holidays are too long, too generous and no longer appropriate for a 21st-century education system. Such are the key arguments...
Technology - Kenya Plans to Plug in with 1.3 Million Laptops for Children: News
But 90 per cent of schools don't even have electricity, critics say.In one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind in the developing world, Kenya has committed to providing 1.35 million laptops for children - one for every student starting primary...
The Behaviour Question: News
I have recently started a new post as lead teacher in a school where behaviour is a serious problem. I thought I was fully prepared for the worst, having worked in challenging schools before and believing myself to be strong on behaviour management....
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK20-26 JULY 2013SATURDAYWhy the long face?A woman was fined for taking a horse into a McDonald's in Greater Manchester, UK. But she wasn't trying to make a statement about the horsemeat scandal: she just couldn't get served at the drive-through.SUNDAYGet...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - the Judgement and Prejudice of Teachers: Opinion
Ask any teacher what their training was like and their response will be peppered with words such as "tiring", "stressful" and maybe, if you (and they) are lucky, "exhilarating".Unfortunately for me, the low points of teacher training greatly outnumbered...
Workforce - Clout of Unions under Threat in US: News
Lawsuit over contributions could 'undermine effectiveness'.They have the power to influence who runs for president and is elected to the White House, but teaching unions in the US are in danger of being dramatically weakened after a landmark lawsuit...
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