Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5046, May 31

Adding a Touch of Glamour to Mathematics: News
The man behind a specialist school has stars in his eyes.The Brit School in London, England, has a formidable reputation for nurturing the performing talents of its pupils: its alumni include singers Adele, Jessie J and the late Amy Winehouse. So when...
Behaviour - How to Join the Fight against Sexual Abuse: Pedagogy
Teachers are well placed to identify victims and perpetrators, and their ability to recognise the indicators is crucial.Child sexual exploitation has been referred to as a hidden epidemic, with good reason. Research has shown that one in four children...
Classroom Practice - Do You Need to Get Down with the Kids?: Pedagogy
From hip hop to the Hunger Games, students' cultural interests can be used to boost engagement in lessons - just don't take it too far.Are you a Belieber? Do you keep up with the Kardashians, know how to dance "Gangnam Style" or how to play the Hunger...
Coming to a Classroom near You ... into Another Dimension - Solid Learning with 3D Printing: Resources
Imagine a machine that would allow you to create an anatomically correct model of the human knee joint when teaching a biology lesson, or a wing shape in design and technology exact to 0.01mm. Both at the click of a button. All you would have to do was...
Computing Camp Hopes to Help Students Crack the Code: News
Europe follows US example as demand for digital skills booms.Parents used to nag their children to stop wasting their summer holidays in front of the computer screen - but now they are queuing up to demand that they have more screen time.One of the first...
Cracks Appear in 'Brick Wall' over School Starting Age: News
In Northern Ireland, parents may be allowed to defer start date.For more than two decades, children in Northern Ireland have started school at a younger age than those in any other European nation. But the days of heading off to school at 4 could soon...
FErret: Fe News
I'll drink to thatWith youth unemployment high, apprenticeships are in such demand that it's almost a cliche to compare the ratio of applications to places with that of elite universities - with apprenticeships coming out as the tougher prospect.So congratulations...
From the Editor - Remembrance of Life, and Lessons, Past: Opinion
Tallulah Bankhead had the healthiest attitude to hindsight. "If I had to live my life again," the hard-living American actress said, "I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner." Regret, as we all know, is futile and disappointment as much a valid...
In a Spin over Physics: Letters
Where are the physics teachers? We are a fantastic state school on the fringes of North London. England's schools inspectorate Ofsted has consistently rated us good with many outstanding features. Until the UK government removed the specialist schools...
In Praise of Teachers Who Stick Around: Comment
In our short-termist culture, long-serving staff are overlooked for promotion - to the detriment of schools, Tom Finn-Kelcey argues.As much as I love following sport, it is fairly rare for it to stimulate the intellectual part of my brain. However, the...
Language of the Times: Resources
MATHEMATICSAn average piece of workWhy not conduct a test in which students make calculations based on words? Take a page from a children's book and a page from an adult book, then draw up a frequency table showing how many words of each word length...
Leadership - You Can Be Mighty with a Mentor: Resources
Seeking regular advice from a fellow school leader will not undermine your authority.I Am going to take it as axiomatic that one of the key qualities that a leader has to have is the desire to serve. With that in mind, the question "should a leader have...
Lesson Plans: Resources
10 LESSON PLANSWORLD OCEANS DAY, 8 JUNE1. Under the seaDive into the deep blue sea and explore the ocean floor with a selection of poems. Work on a performance or create an underwater-themed wall display.2. Who lives in the oceans?How many creatures...
News at a Glance: News
Religious 'airbrushing' sparks debate in AustraliaA proposed new civics and citizenship curriculum set to be introduced in Australian schools has "airbrushed" Christianity out of the country's education system, the leader of a thinktank has claimed....
Out of Joint: Comment
With age comes wisdom. Or so we are told. And experience too: surely that must be invaluable for a teacher in the face of adversity? So, with more years in the classroom than I care to remember, who could be better placed to deal with a few educational...
Resource of the Week - International Day of the African Child, 16 June - the Ultimate Sacrifice: Resources
Explore children's rights in the context of the Soweto uprising.How would your students feel if someone decided that they only deserved to attend a "poor school", to work in the fields and to be taught in a language that was not their own?For Hector...
Schools Must Play a Key Role in Combating Extremism, Experts Say: News
They want England's curriculum to tackle radicalisation.Schools should be forced by law to teach students about the dangers of extremism, experts have said after a suspected terrorist attack in London last week.Lee Rigby (pictured below), a 25-year-old...
Spirit of the Page: Resources
The use of 'mood' words in literature has fallen - with the exception of the lexicon of fear, a study has found.The use of "emotional" words in novels has fallen steadily over the past century - with the exception of words associated with fear.Recently...
Teacher Bans Soar under More 'Rigorous' System: News
Almost 100 barred in England in first year of new agency.The number of teachers being banned from classrooms in England has vastly increased since the introduction of a new system for disciplining the profession. Almost 100 teachers were barred in the...
Textspeak Translates to Gr8 Language Learning: News
'Creative' approach opens up children's minds, expert says.Children should be encouraged to study slang, regional dialects and even text messages in order to prepare them for learning foreign languages, according to a languages expert.Waldemar Martyniuk,...
The Behaviour Question: Behaviour
I'm a student teacher and find it incredibly difficult to pinpoint the perpetrators of bad behaviour when there are several children misbehaving at once. I find that, as a result, I am coming across as inconsistent because I'm not sanctioning some students...
The Curse of the Mummy: Comment
The remains of the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen are shocking to see. The painted death mask is crushed beyond recognition; the bandages that contained his 3,300-year-old remains are draped across the bookcase; the contents of several Canopic jars have...
The Scoop on Ice Cream: Resources
MATHEMATICSChill factorsIce cream is a firm favourite among children. But it can also present some unexpected mathematical challenges. One of the most popular ice-cream activities focuses on data collection, with students creating pictograms and graphs...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK 25-31 MAY 2013SATURDAYCrime scene examinationWhen police tape appeared outside Lady Hawkins' School in Herefordshire, England, locals thought there had been a murder. The principal assured callers it was just students studying for a forensic...
Too Much, Too Young: Columnists
An advertisement on television at the moment ends with: "It's good to be a dad. It's better to be a friend." The premise is that perfect parenting can be achieved by simply acting the same age as your child, rounding off a day in the park with a fruit-flavoured...
Uncool Prices: Resources
How much an ice cream costs and what you think it is worth are two different things. When in Rome, does the same apply?On a sunny day, nothing is quite as delicious as an ice cream. But for two British couples visiting the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy,...
Union Vows to Topple Mayor as School Gates Shut: News
Teachers retaliate against largest mass closure in US history.A teachers' union in Chicago, US, has launched a bid to unseat the city's mayor in the wake of a controversial decision to close more than 50 of the city's schools.Last week, the Chicago Board...
'Vocational Education Can Give People a Life of Dignity': Fe News
India aims to deliver skills training to 500 million by 2022.An emphasis on academic achievement is well established in India, with many parents desperate for their children to attend university and gain employment in a white-collar profession. But the...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Silenced by the Secret Staffroom Snitches: Opinion
We have a real issue in our school with staff members seeking promotion by being spies for the principal.She has always promoted her favourite staff members - those who suck up to her or who act as her eyes around the school - rather than, as she should,...
What Price Liberty?: Feature
Charter schools in the US, academies in the UK and partnership schools in New Zealand are all attracting controversy. While the freedom they bring is appealing, the potential pitfalls are not. Laura McInerney reports.My colleague sat, head in hands,...
Who Wants to Step Forward and Lead? Anyone?: Letters
Recent letters about the deepening problems generated by the pressure placed on school leaders reflect the long-term lack of psychological awareness among politicians and policymakers of leadership and accountability in our schools.The continuing lack...
'Why Wouldn't We Give Our Students This Leg Up?': News
Miami seeks 'competitive edge' as it imports English exams.America may be the world's richest economy but it has long struggled to keep pace in terms of educational performance. Now, in a bid to improve its international ranking, it is turning to England.This...
Wise Words for My Younger Self ..: Feature
None of us can travel back in time. But if you had the opportunity to do so, what would you change and what would you tell your younger teaching selves? Experience brings new skills as well as wisdom. With time comes new knowledge and confidence. Wouldn't...
Young People Never Have a Dull Moment: Comment
Endless entertainment is stifling the creativity that stems from boredom, Chloe Combi writes.Here are some questions that were commonplace in the UK just 15 years ago, but that you will never hear again. "Would you like to sit in the smoking or non-smoking...
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