Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5066, October 18

A Day in the Life of ... Mahmoud Marei: Feature
Although life in post-coup Cairo has many challenges, one science teacher finds time to unwind between prayers, school and tutoring, but only if he drives like he's in a Hollywood car chase."Mahmoud, Mahmoud, it is time?" my wife, Reem, whispers at 4.30am....
Back to Basics: News
Ensure your students can find a list of factors, multiples and primes faster than they can write the Facebook status update "I love maths" with these 10 resources.1 On the trailWhat is it? A series of 32 maths challenges on cards that lead students around...
Behaviour - Is 'She Made Me Do It' Ever a Valid Excuse?: News
When it comes to doling out sanctions, the punishment must fit the crime - but remember that peer pressure can be a mitigating factor.Every student likes to be liked. It seems a fundamental rule of growing up that we seek the approval of friends. Some...
Classroom Practice - Press Play for Some Explosive Learning: News
Classrooms everywhere are going dark as teachers embrace the power of film to engage otherwise hard-to-reach students.Bruce Willis once taught maths. And physics. And chemistry. All at the same time. Wearing just a vest.It was during the fourth Die Hard...
Coming to a Classroom near You ... Turtles in the Toy Cupboard: News
A board game to teach coding basics.The last place you'd expect to find someone attempting to divert a child's attention from a computer screen is Google. Yet the internet giant's chief executive is currently touting his new board game on crowd- funding...
Editorial - You Know Best - Don't Let Students Tell You Otherwise: Opinion
Life can be unfair. All too often we don't get our own way. From parking wardens to editors by way of the police, authority figures beset the lives of ordinary folk, telling them what they can and cannot do.Why can't I park here? Because that's what...
How I Teach - Chill Winds Can Fire Up a Class: News
A whiteboard and a winter's tale add up to enlightenment.Standing in front of a challenging group of mixed-ability 14- to 15- year-old boys with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties can be intimidating. Trying to teach them inference and deduction...
Human Rights - Where $50M Aid Could Support Child Labour: News
Withhold school funding until Uzbekistan ends practice, activists urge.A global alliance of campaigners has hit out after it emerged that Uzbekistan - a nation accused of "wide-scale violation of human rights" - may receive a $50 million (Pounds 30 million)...
Insect Invasion: Comment
Britain's unusually good summer has helped to make our school's harvest festival a great success. The tables in the hall groan under the weight of ripe fruit, tumescent vegetables and freshly gathered tins of baked beans. But nature's abundance extends...
Journey into the Unknown: Comment
After the last abortive expedition to the West End ("Theatre of the absurd", TES, 6 September), this time we roll into London two hours early."Look, look a homeless!" Aidan screeches out of the window. "I told you we'd see one.""Have you never seen a...
Leadership - Libraries Are Necessities, Not Luxuries: News
These underappreciated facilities should be given the credit, and cash, they deserve.A number of public libraries have closed in the UK over the past year and the School Library Association (SLA) has pointed to "anecdotal evidence ... that the position...
Mr Loades and Mr Bond by Ray Davies: Feature
Two teachers helped the lead singer and songwriter of The Kinks to become a dedicated follower of music.It was a privilege to go to William Grimshaw Secondary Modern in Muswell Hill, North London. When I was a student in the late 1950s, the BBC did a...
My Best Lesson - the Pythons Never Had It as Bad as This Lot: News
How on earth do you make foreign language grammar interesting? The answer to this question is even more difficult to ascertain now that we have the interfacetube generation that demands constant entertainment to avoid boredom. However, one of the best...
News at a Glance: News
School league tables revamped in EnglandThe way in which England's schools are held accountable for their students' educational performance is to undergo dramatic changes under plans announced by ministers this week. The biggest difference in the new...
Only Research Will Provide True Clarity of Vision: Letters
In 2011, grant-making charity the Education Endowment Foundation funded a series of "fair tests" in education research. Those of us concerned about evidence in education were pleased. In spring 2013, doctor and journalist Ben Goldacre joined forces with...
Post-16 - Get the Whole Family Involved to Boost Attainment: News
Educating parents can improve children's outcomes, study finds.The first international survey of adult skills, published last week, made grim reading for countries across the globe. Of the 24 developed nations that were scrutinised, all but one - Japan...
Review - Tear Down the Web of Fear: News
An in-depth guide covers online safety and tackling cyberbullies.I have always believed my effectiveness as a teacher is linked to vivid memories of what it was like to be a teenager. But this way of thinking is becoming problematic. The lives of today's...
Review - When Education Becomes a Matter of Life and Death: News
In 'I am Malala', the girl shot by the Taliban tells her story.At the school where I am headteacher, I asked students in assembly how they had celebrated International Literacy Day on 8 September. They looked back at me blankly.Had they, I wondered,...
Society - Could Equality Be as Simple as ABCD?: News
But French scheme is attacked for pushing gender theory 'ideology'."One is not born a woman, one becomes one," French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her feminist treatise The Second Sex, published in 1949. Sixty-four years and a feminist revolution...
Sport - 'An Opportunity to Impact on 280m South Americans': News
Man behind London Olympics says legacy has 'set a bar' for Rio.The mastermind of the London 2012 Olympics has said that the educational legacy of the event has "set a bar" for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.In an interview with TES, Lord Coe, the former...
Technology - Tablet Computer Plan Hacked to Bits: News
Students access restricted content as problems plague roll-outs.Schools worldwide have helped to fuel a boom in the market for tablet computers, with the number of the devices in American and British classrooms doubling in the past year. Other countries,...
The Behaviour Question: News
I am the inclusion manager in a state school where I deliver interventions for referred students who have behavioural problems. I would like your opinion on one of my performance targets, which holds me responsible for their behaviour while they are...
The Issue - A Hidden Affliction Inflamed by Ignorance: News
Schools need to get clued up about inflammatory bowel disease, before it ruins students' chances of a normal education.Teaching is a profession that loves acronyms but one in particular, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), is strangely absent from most...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK - 12-18 OCTOBER 2013SATURDAYChain reactionA special adviser to Michael Gove, England's education secretary, argued that differences in children's test scores were largely down to genes and that school systems should be "dominated by well-managed...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Could I, Too, Become a Nightmare Parent?: Opinion
Children keep me awake at night. One child, in fact. Not a child who I teach at school, but the unborn one who insists on kicking my wife's bladder at 4am every morning.It's not the early-morning jolt that keeps me wide-eyed, though. It's the realisation,...
What's Hot?: News
One of this week's resources encourages students to try green chemistry. Sadly, it doesn't urge them to turn into the Hulk (although if you're looking for a superhero, see the Super schooling resource). But eco-friendly chemists are just as cool, right?1...
Why Student Voice Has Gone Way Too Far: Comment
Bowing down to their opinions gives teenagers a power they simply aren't ready to exercise - and robs teachers of authority.When I was an English teacher in further education, I used to do a rather naff exercise with students in the first lesson. I gave...
With a Little Help from Their Friends: Feature
There is little doubt that peer tutoring boosts students' performance, although the results depend heavily on how it is implemented. Helen Ward discovers that it's not so much what you do, but the way you do it.Zakira and Amyra are reading a book together....
Workforce - 'Criminally Boring' Curriculum Slaves: News
But teachers' bad reputation is down to the media, survey finds.To some, they are mavericks who pull dramatic classroom stunts that stay in the memory for decades. To others, they are "crowd controllers" and "curriculum slaves". But teachers are more...
World of Difference: Comment
One of the things I struggle with is differentiation. In the olden days, you could get away with "differentiation by outcome", which meant setting your students the same task and letting Darwinism take its course. The fact that some students rattled...
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