Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5070, November 15

A Day in the Life of ... Palma Lindsay: Feature
The classroom is a very different place from when this California kindergarten teacher started out, 35 years ago. But despite the digital revolution, she finds that some things never change.It's 6am and I can hear the alarm on my iPhone announcing the...
Assessment - Fresh Pisa Claims Shake Trust in Influential Study: News
Researchers uncover the use of 'questionable' data.Academics have raised fresh questions about the credibility of the world's most influential international education study.Researchers have uncovered thousands of cases of identical information being...
Attainment - Parents to Be Paid to 'Do the Right Thing': News
Controversial project will reward attendees of parenting academy.Parents in England are to be rewarded with cash for attending special "parenting academies", where they will learn how to help their children with reading, writing, maths and science, it...
Back to Basics: News
If your students are experiencing trouble with triangles, these resources will have them fluent in the teachings of Pythagoras and the basics of trigonometry quicker than you can say a2 + b2 = c2.1. Perfect PythagorasWhat is it? An introduction to Pythagoras'...
Behaviour - Let Them Know There's a New Sheriff in Town: News
If that troublesome class still hasn't settled down two months into term, don't panic: follow this expert advice to regain control.It is November. You thought everything would be fine by now. But everything is not fine. Your classroom is a constant hum...
By the Numbers - Rural Schools: News
More than 40 per cent of 10-year-olds around the world go to school in small towns or rural areas, according to data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls).Keeping schools in these areas viable is an issue for most governments,...
Classroom Practice - Ah, the Great Outdoors: There's an App for That: News
Some say technology can enhance the way that students experience nature, but isn't it defeating the object of taking lessons outside?For many teachers - and non-teachers, for that matter - nothing is as depressing as seeing a child sitting in an idyllic...
Editorial - Yorkshire Has Made Teaching Fans of Us All: Opinion
I read a lot of words about education every week. Lots and lots. Part of the job. Some of them are good, some bad, some depressing, some uplifting.But this week one thing really jumped out at me: the news that Educating Yorkshire is returning to our...
How I Teach - Spark a Passion for Literature of Love: News
Inventive strategies help boys to connect with tales of romance.Teenage boys tend to prefer gore, violence and explosions to subtle affairs of the heart, which can make teaching classic fiction that explores love between protagonists a challenge. Rather...
If Tech Is the Answer, What's the Question?: Comment
Schools can hurl money at the latest gadgets, but there is a huge difference between buying them and using them effectively.More than a quarter of a million tablets and mobile devices have been bought by schools around the world so far this year. As...
I'm Winging It to 65: Comment
I'm going to have to visit the loo again, the third time in less than half an hour. A teacher interviewed on the radio during a recent day of strike action would put it down to my age. He thought that parents had every right to be aghast at the idea...
Joining the Global Conversation: Feature
Multilingual education is not just good for job prospects - it can also make young people better learners across the curriculum. But those who miss out may be left at a great disadvantage, even if they are native English speakers. William Stewart reports.When...
Leadership - How to Be a Guiding Light: News
Children's moral and social development is vital for their later success - so foster it.Teaching is no longer just about academic lessons. Schools in the UK and elsewhere in the world are increasingly also being charged with the duty of overseeing students'...
Mathematics - Get Metaphysical, Urges Maths Guru: News
New curriculum favours creative problem-solving over sums."Am I normal?" sounds like a question an angst-ridden teenager might pose to a close friend, a parent or even a school counsellor. But students will soon be asked to figure out the answer as part...
Mr Morris and Mr Elliott by Andy Bell: Feature
The Erasure singer was painfully shy until two teachers encouraged him to unleash his inner show-off.Two teachers had an influence on me - one in my early years and another in my teenage life.The first was Mr Morris, who was the choirmaster at Dogsthorpe...
My Best Lesson - Sway Students' Verdict on Illegal Downloading: News
"What was the last thing you downloaded?"My information communications technology class reacts with amusement, as though this question is a clarion call for bragging."I download stuff all the time from these torrent websites - I'm not paying when I can...
My Left-Field Lesson - under Construction: News
If school is a building site, turn the situation to students' advantage.The pond has been drained, old buildings have been torn down and the grounds are full of heavy-duty earth-moving and construction machinery. Sydenham School in Lewisham, South London,...
News at a Glance: News
'A tool in the hands of Western powers'?Some private schools in Pakistan have banned the book written by teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, claiming that the young campaigner has come to represent the West. Malala, 16, became a worldwide sensation for...
Private Schools - 'They Were First Up the Ladders from the Trenches': News
A new book on the Great War vindicates the officer class.Old boys from Britain's great public schools who served in the First World War have often been presented as either callous and cowardly or as idealistic "hearties", leading their men into doomed...
Relationships - Teens Trapped in Bad Romances Turn to Their Teachers: News
Staff need training to combat problem of abuse, union says.Research has revealed a disturbing picture of the level of violence among teenage couples, leading a union to call for teachers to be given special training in how to deal with it.A new study,...
Skills - Windfall Won't Improve Fortunes of Brazil's Youth: News
$1bn of oil revenues can't save education system, says OECD.Brazil is often hailed as one of the countries that survived the worldwide economic crisis largely unscathed, thanks to years of strong growth and falling unemployment.But although adults can...
Staffroom Stereotypes - Which Type Are You?: News
Professional development is a journey of self-discovery. To help you along the way, TES is offering an ever-so-slightly tongue-in-cheek series of questions that will uncover who you really are. Supportive colleague or anxious newbie? Passionate part-timer...
Stop, I Want to Get Off: Comment
Every time I moan about changes in education, my husband shuts me up by saying, "Nothing stays the same." He offers me this truism like it's a box of Milk Tray, hoping his sweet-centred platitude will stop me grumbling about my job so he can get on with...
Television - 'People Bought Me Beer. It Was Good': News
Mr Mitchell on the unexpected rewards of Educating Yorkshire.He had expected a bigger public profile, even a few hurtful comments, but what Jonny Mitchell did not expect was what happened on a Friday night out in Leeds.The headteacher from the North...
The Behaviour Question: News
One of my students has behaved inappropriately for the past year. He has referred to me in derogatory ways, thrown scissors, kicked chairs and drawn vulgar images on his homework. But he is yet to be sanctioned. I have followed the school's protocol,...
The Issue - Interfaith Harmony Starts in the Classroom: News
Teachers play an essential role in growing understanding between different groups, so make Inter Faith Week count at your school.Religion is all too often seen as a controversial topic in schools. People fear causing offence and worry about the right...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK9-15 NOVEMBER 2013SATURDAYLeader of the free worldA date for historians of the 20th century: one of America's most famous presidents, John F Kennedy, was elected to the White House 53 years ago today. His assassination in 1963 is the subject...
We're the Worst Students: Comment
I looked up and two of them were passing notes to each other and giggling. At least three of them had checked their phones. One right at the back looked as though he might be asleep, and a gentle snore a moment later confirmed it. Another had a magazine...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - It's a Lose-Lose Situation If Students Keep Score: Opinion
As if the pressure of having to cater for the foibles of those who regularly observe our lessons is not enough, at our college we have the added pressure of the dreaded annual student survey.In this, students grade teachers on a variety of areas, such...
What's Hot?: News
Help students to shape up with this week's pick of the most popular downloads from TES Connect. Teach younger classes to identify shapes by counting the number of sides and get older children tessellating to their heart's content.1. Mess with MauriceWhat...

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