Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5068, November 1

A Day in the Life of ... Lara Van Lelyveld: Feature
In South Africa, this life orientation teacher encourages her students to explore the country's complex racial tensions. She gives each day her all - but how long can she keep up the pace?I am awake before my alarm goes off at 5am. After showering and...
Back to Basics: News
Algebra brings the worlds of letters and numbers together, and as a result it can be difficult for students to grasp. Help learners to get their heads around the topic with these resources.1. Treasure trailWhat is it? A treasure hunt that leads students...
Behaviour - Devising a Reward System That Sticks: News
The humble sticker is one of the most effective weapons in your behaviour arsenal. To deploy it effectively, adhere to these tips."I bet you're a primary teacher," says the lady in the wines and spirits section of aisle 14. It is Friday night and I am...
By the Numbers - Teacher Pay: News
The amount of money paid to teachers is often the subject of heated debate, as demonstrated by the recent controversy over the introduction of performance-related pay in England.A new report from Eurydice, a network providing information on European...
Classroom Practice - Staff Feel They Are 'Unable to Handle' Eating Disorders: News
Students better off learning from magazines, say teachers.The majority of teachers and support staff do not know enough about eating disorders to discuss the subject with their students, despite widespread fears that children are affected by these disorders,...
Classroom Practice - Why Labels Are a Dead End, Not a Short Cut: News
Categorising learning difficulties helps teachers to feel in control, but each student is unique - and requires a bespoke strategy.You've all been lied to. And the truth? Well, you're not going to like it, but here goes: labels for special educational...
Curriculum - Why Teachers May Wish They Weren't in Kansas Any More: News
Parents' lawsuit argues that evolution lessons are 'atheistic'.The teaching of evolution has long been a contentious issue in parts of the US, with fundamentalist Christian groups arguing that greater emphasis should be placed on God when students learn...
Editorial - Fortune Favours the Brave, as Well as the Rich: Opinion
For education's arch-cynics it won't be terribly surprising - not at all. According to a major new Australian research project, if you remove all other mitigating factors, a private schooling makes no difference to educational outcome (see pages 9-10).Taking...
From the Forums - How Many Schools and for How Long?: Opinion
As someone in my first year of teaching, I am curious to know what the average teaching career is like. I have heard of the "rule of three years" before moving to a new place and that the average teacher works at six schools in their career.WorkaboutThree...
How I Teach - A Tag-Team Approach to Maths: News
Mix up your lessons to help low-ability classes progress.Teaching the bottom maths set was something I dreaded as a trainee teacher. I was concerned about behavioural issues, complex special educational needs and the negative feelings students can have...
It's a Dirty Business: Comment
It's ironic that school mission statements are full of words like "inclusion" and "equality", because while they may reflect our attitude to the students, they don't mirror the way we treat some staff. School employees are divided into the haves, who...
It's High Time We Put Our Heads Together: Comment
Competition is good, but free-market thinking damages schools' ability to cooperate - and performance pay could make that worse.In his book Mutual Aid: a factor of evolution, the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin began by noting his observations of the...
Languages - the Full English Is No Longer Required in Chinese Exams: News
Nation seeks to quash 'mania' for language as Japan goes other way.No one doubts the now unassailable position of English as the global means of communication. But two great East Asian powers are travelling in very different directions as they decide...
Leadership - Show Them Who's Boss: News
Your visibility is a vital part of running a successful school.Ask yourself a question: if your photo was shown to every parent at the school you lead, how many would recognise you? If you estimate that it would be anything less than 100 per cent then...
Miss Woods by Joanna Trollope: Feature
The best-selling author was considered an average student, but the faith of a teacher who believed in the potential of girls carried her all the way to Oxford.I was swotty as a child, with spectacles and braces on my teeth. I also grew to the height...
My Best Lesson - Blaze a Trail in Science with Snail Racing: News
One of my best-ever lessons involved snail racing. This was a wonderful opportunity to combine summer sunshine with biology (snails), physics (speed) and a bit of fun.My 11- and 12-year-old students collected around 100 snails from "snail city", an area...
News at a Glance: News
Thousands sign term-time holiday petitionA petition to overturn new rules clamping down on schoolchildren in England taking term-time holidays has been signed by 126,000 people. School leaders can no longer grant any leave during term time unless there...
Opinion
What keeps me awake at night - Job applications should not be a matter of faith.I am about to begin a role at a state-funded faith primary school, having had a very successful start in teaching at an independent Catholic primary. And while I'm excited...
Politics - Far Right Courts Teachers in France: News
National Front backs new group calling for traditional schooling.When the controversial politician Jean-Marie Le Pen led the French National Front, he did nothing to disguise his distaste for the teaching profession, calling them "the teacher rabble".But...
Posh Enough to Push?: Comment
The two women across from me on the 7.05 from Chingford talked all the way to Liverpool Street station in London. Their sole topic of conversation? Their children, of course. More specifically, they were concerned with the quality of education those...
Review - We Are Not the Enemy: News
A new book about an inner-city student is insightful, but must teachers always be the bad guys?One of the biggest obstacles we face as teachers is society's view of our job and the effect we have on young people. This view is often the result of a person's...
Schools - the Best Education Money Can Buy?: News
Private schooling doesn't lead to better results, study suggests.Parents the world over are in no doubt that sending their children to private school will improve their life chances, thanks to the smaller class sizes, individual attention and better...
Staffroom Stereotypes: News
Which type are you?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?...
Teaching Kids to Be Kind: Feature
Psychologists and teachers now believe that children can be taught kindness by rewarding them for acts of compassion. But if such behaviour is reduced to a self-serving system of prizes, does that defeat its purpose? Adi Bloom reports.When a 10-year-old...
The Behaviour Question: News
I am looking for some advice on how to ensure that every child is ready and listening to my instructions. I have many children who find it very difficult to listen and are always talking when I talk. I try at all times to stop and wait when this happens...
The Issue - What to Do When Your Work and Home Collide: News
Teaching in the school that your children attend needn't be a headache. Problems can be overcome - and there are many benefits.As the opening notes play of the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas?, I find the faces of my three children in the...
The Wrath of Loo Raider: Comment
When an emergency assembly is called at 2.35pm on a Thursday afternoon, you know it's serious. Our headteacher is out today, so Laura Croft (aka our deputy head) is in charge. She waits like a coiled spring as the students shuffle into their respective...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK26 OCTOBER - 1 NOVEMBER 2013SATURDAYIsn't there an app for that?Carla Rinaldi, president of Reggio Children, the global Slow Education movement, called for greater reflection. Children's reliance on technology meant they failed to develop their...
Vocational Education - Warp Not War for Jailed Extremists: News
Tailoring lessons help prisoners to turn away from terrorism.In tribal areas of northern Pakistan, the army is using vocational education - including courses in embroidery, carpentry and tailoring - to turn young men away from Islamist violence.Prisoners...
What's Hot?: News
A wind turbine project, a farm vocabulary activity, tips on sewing techniques - this week's most popular resources on TES Connect suggest that teachers are trying to get back to a simpler way of life and reconnect with nature.1. Pondering PotterWhat...
Workforce - 'Superstars' Won't Save the Day, Expert Claims: News
Finnish official says recruiting 'smarter' staff is not key to success.Improving the calibre of the teachers joining the profession is not a "silver bullet" for raising educational standards and student attainment, a renowned global education expert...
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