Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5061, September 13

A Day in the Life of ... Samuel Odawo: Feature
Every day is a challenge for this blind teacher of students with visual impairments in the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya. Helping to change attitudes towards these children is his mission.My alarm rings at 6am, announcing the beginning of another...
Back to Basics: News
Students need to learn the skill of using and analysing quotations, particularly if they plan to go on to higher education. Here are 10 ways to seek out and correctly employ the words of others.1. Beefed-up quotesWhat is it? A PowerPoint guide that uses...
Behaviour - Don't Get Marooned with Failing Strategies: News
Teachers tend to erect 'keep off' signs around their approach to discipline - but no man is an island, so learn from others.Strategies for managing student behaviour are often a teacher's own private island, which they strenuously defend against intruding...
Behind Closed Doors, Only Teachers Know What Works: Editorial
Taking the subjectivity out of education and replacing it with research-based objectivity has long been a popular idea among teachers. It is an understandable reaction to meddling by bureaucrats, politicians and, um, journalists who have no idea what...
Chinese Infusion: Feature
As concerns mount over school language learning, one academy is lifting Mandarin off the page by steeping the curriculum in Chinese culture and even insisting that staff attend lessons. Irena Barker finds out how this immersive way of teaching works.First...
Classroom Practice - How Guns Can Help to Boost Kids' Learning: News
Shooting lessons for the under-11s are an easy target, but supporters argue they can teach maturity and vital life skills.An eight-year-old boy raises a shotgun to his shoulder, tracks a target and calmly blasts it into millions of tiny pieces, watched...
Coming to a Classroom near You ... Get with the Beat - New App Makes Rhythm Easy: News
Very few people are blessed with natural rhythm, and schools give plenty of opportunities for students and teachers alike to demonstrate the point - the school disco chief among them. But the worst examples of mistiming can often be found in music classes."I...
Discipline - Soul-Searching as Survey Reveals Japan's Dark Side: News
One in five students suffers harm at the hands of their teachers.As one of the world's most advanced economies, Japan has long had a school system to match, regularly appearing near the top of global education rankings.But new government research and...
Entrepreneurship - Teenagers Wow the World's Tech Giants: News
Frustration at lack of computing opportunities led to a big idea.It took Mark Zuckerberg until he was at Harvard before he came up with Facebook, but one school student in England has already developed his own social network that has led to job offers...
Equality - Schools in US 'More Racially Segregated Than 40 Years Ago': News
Report claims policymakers have abandoned goal of integration.Just at the moment last month when the US was marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech, new research was revealing that American schools are more...
From the Forums: Opinion
Teachers striking, again!The unions are behaving irresponsibly again, I see. There will be more rank hypocrisy from some schools who will not allow hard-pressed families to go on holiday (each day is so important to learning) while taking strike action,...
Give Us a Break: Comment
I've been reading the political diaries of an MP who worked in the Tony Blair government. A paragraph that particularly caught my eye referred to a friend of his who taught in a village primary school and whose lesson was observed by no less than three...
How I Teach ... Get Classes Moving on Convection: News
Lava lamps and newspaper pages bring the topic to life."It's that time of year again, isn't it?" my daughter says as I surreptitiously steal her lava lamp.Sometimes in science, you just have to observe and think. How often do your students get the chance...
I'll Let You in on a Secret: Comment
I don't think I'm breaking the Official Secrets Act if I say that the Department for Education hasn't always been the epicentre of ministerial talent.It is only recently that the people with real power in education - by which I mean teachers - actually...
Leadership - It's a Team Game: Learn the Rules: News
Strong schools have a management group with a range of personalities.Contrary to the view of more despotic school headteachers, leadership is never about one person. Every leader needs a team around them, not just to ensure their vision is rolled out...
Literacy - Writing's on the Wall for Printed Books: News
Survey shows growing support for e-readers in English lessons.Encouraging students to read novels is going to require teachers to take a leaf out of teenagers' own books. Or, indeed, a pixel out of their e-reader screens.Many teachers are beginning to...
Mr Reeves and Mr Holifield by Pam Ayres: Feature
After the disappointment of failing her 11-plus exam, the poet was thrilled when two teachers spotted her gift for writing.It would be immodest of me to say that my ability to write well wasn't noticed at school, because it was. However, Mr Reeves and...
My Best Lesson - How Was the Holocaust Allowed to Happen?: News
Students often struggle to understand why no one stopped the Nazis from killing approximately 6 million Jews and why the Jews themselves did not take more action to prevent the Holocaust.So I planned a series of lessons with the objective of explaining...
My Left-Field Lesson - Try Turning the Tables: News
Hold a 'takeover day' and get students and teachers to swap places.In July this year, I instigated a "takeover day" at the school where I am headteacher. One hundred students led by head girl Sophie and head boy Sam took over the running of the institution...
News at a Glance: News
Gay teachers get the backing of eight in 10 BritonsJust over eight out of 10 people in Britain think it is acceptable for a gay person to teach in a school, a new survey of social attitudes has found. NatCen Social Research, which carried out the poll,...
Out of the Darkness: Feature
Every time a child dies from abuse or neglect, it is vowed that it will never be allowed to happen again, but still children keep slipping through the net. Why? And what can teachers do to help prevent another tragedy? Richard Vaughan reports.Daniel...
Physical Education - 'Competition Is Not a Dirty Word': News
Sports charity says winning and losing are valuable experiences.In recent years, proponents of traditional competitive sport in schools have complained of football and athletics being pushed aside to make way for activities such as yoga and cheerleading....
Policy - Ofsted's Approach 'Is Not Backed by Research': News
No evidence for costly schemes such as Teach First, academics say.Hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers' money are being spent on flagship education programmes without evidence that they actually work, academics have warned.The approach...
Post-16 - 'Lack of Political Will' Blights Adult Education Globally: News
Unesco report reveals ongoing chronic underinvestment.Global investment in adult education is still too low despite pledges by many governments to improve the situation, a major international study has revealed.Back in 2009, the first Global Report on...
Private Schools - England's Elite Head to East End: News
Eton students enter the foreign land of a state primary school.Gallions Primary School is situated in one of England's poorest communities, on the far eastern reaches of London. Local landmarks include the Beckton sewage and gas treatment works, and...
Right-On Time: Comment
It's the first lesson of the new term. I hand out fresh exercise books and the children scribble down their names and the word "English". Next I write "Ms Briggs" on the board. The students shift uncomfortably, wondering who will have the temerity to...
Silenced and Excluded, Girls Need to Be Heard: Comment
With gender inequality and discrimination a fact of modern life, more must be done to combat male dominance in the classroom.This summer, Twitter witnessed an onslaught of vile abuse against two women in the UK. After a widely reported bid to get a famous...
The Behaviour Question: News
I completed my training in December and have stayed at the school where I did my first-year placement. I am really struggling with all my classes and today one of my students asked why it was that children behaved in other classes but not in mine. I...
The Issue - Bringing Comfort to the Bereaved: News
When dealing with a student's grief there is no one-size-fits-all solution, but acknowledging their loss is a vital first step.Every 22 minutes, the parent of someone under the age of 16 dies, according to UK childhood bereavement charity Winston's Wish....
This Week - Next Week: News
THIS WEEK - 7-13 SEPTEMBER 2013SATURDAYPassing the batonMarin Alsop became the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in its 118-year history. The event at London's Royal Albert Hall included the traditional singalong to Jerusalem and Land...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Diet Is the Remedy We All Need to Swallow: News
My hair was falling out. My concentration was so poor that driving was dangerous. I could no longer remember the names of the children in my class. Lethargic, spaced-out and exhausted, I also noticed that I was becoming confrontational and an increasingly...
What's Hot?: News
If this week's top 10 downloads from TES Connect are anything to go by, students should expect fantasy, intrigue and conspiracy in the next few weeks. They'll also get to work finding synonyms, which we're sure will be just as hotly anticipated ...1....
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