Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5072, November 29

A Day in the Life of ... Neelam Sachdeva: Feature
The students of this Hindi and Sanskrit teacher at a school in Faridabad often have a good reason for not doing their homework, and it has nothing to do with the dog eating it.I am 50 years old and I belong to a middle-class family. We have only three...
Assessment - Poor Performers Pull out of Pisa: News
India blames cultural bias for withdrawal from global study.Countries that have performed poorly in the world's most influential education study are dropping out amid claims that its question papers are culturally biased and its rankings are counterproductive.India...
Back to Basics: News
Graphs, lines and axes may seem like the stuff of dull textbooks and daunting exam papers, but ingenious methods devised by the creators of these resources bring the difficult topics to life1. Straight storiesWhat is it? A video tutorial explaining how...
Behaviour - Read Faces to Forecast Stormy Times Ahead: News
Children are as changeable as the weather, so follow these tips to discern whether the outlook is sunny or there's a chance of rain.A millisecond after Ryan walks through the door, an image of his face is imprinted on my retina and transferred to the...
Classroom Practice - Avoid a Sinking Feeling with Perfect Planning: News
It may seem like a chore, but detailed lesson preparation will help you to stay afloat no matter what your class throws at you.Some teachers do it in front of the television, or save it up for a Sunday afternoon with a bit of music on in the background....
Disadvantage - Can $12K Make Children Cleverer?: News
Study will boost family income to explore early years impact.One scheme paid parents to learn how to support their children with their schoolwork. Another even encouraged mothers who were reluctant to breastfeed by giving them shopping vouchers.Now a...
Editorial - It's Time for the Single-Sex Debate to Get Sociable: Opinion
The 'achievement' debate about single-sex versus co-educational schools has already been reheated too many times to make for sensible consumption. The conversation is stagnant. An unbiased view of the research suggests that it doesn't make a lot of difference...
Exams - 'A Movement Finds Its Way around the System': News
School leaders' group is defiant in the face of 'cheating' claims.The meeting had an almost religious feel. The setting helped (Methodist Central Hall in London), as did the sound of a church organ. But most of all, it was the reassurance and certainty...
Fact or Fiction?: Feature
Every teacher knows the dos and don'ts, proverbs and universally accepted notions that make up classroom folklore. Is there any truth in them? Or are they merely myths? Teacher Tom Finn-Kelcey takes a look at 10 of the most contentious.1. Don't smile...
How I Teach - Make the Invisible Visible: News
Use the power of technology to turn science into a visual feast.Science is supposedly rooted in visible truths, but the teaching of it in schools often relies on students' blind faith. Many commonly taught scientific concepts and phenomena are difficult...
Leadership - Fortune Favours the Brave Leader: News
From mental strength to physical fortitude, courage is key to overcoming adversity.A few months ago, I was sitting in the headteacher's office at a large, inner-city secondary school when a student was brought in by one of the deputies. It turned out...
Mr Ralph by Adrian Chiles: Feature
The television presenter owes a lot to his former English teacher: his love of literature, his passion for jazz piano and, above all, his mental resilience.I was lucky to have had a number of good teachers, but my favourite was Mr Ralph, who taught English...
My Best Lesson - A Cliffhanger Ending Leaves Them in Suspense: News
I love to teach Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and my favourite lesson is when the class discusses George's killing of Lennie.In the previous lesson, Lennie's life is hanging in the balance as the bell goes. I have perfected this "cliffhanger" technique...
My Left-Field Lesson - Finding a Sense of Belonging: News
An outdoor treasure hunt helps kids to connect with the world.It's not often that English classes leave the confines of the classroom and journey into the countryside. But for some topics, I have found that doing exactly that can have a big impact.I...
News at a Glance: News
Objections from 'Darwin sceptic' delay approval of biology textbookOfficials in Texas have been forced to delay signing off a biology textbook after a panel member raised concerns that it presented evolution as fact rather than theory. The annual schoolbook...
Post-16 - A Cultural Exchange - but for Principals: News
British and Chinese colleges share vocational expertise.The school foreign exchange, with its inevitable dramas prompted by unidentified foodstuffs and cultural confusions, has long been a rite of passage for teenagers. But now British and Chinese college...
Prepare for Take-Off: Comment
I was so excited to spend half-term in the city that doesn't sleep that on the overnight flight back home I was still unable to drop off. I turned my thoughts to school and our technology project. A moment later, I was inside a giant paper dart.The dart...
Primary - Still a Long Way to Go in the Race for Universal Education: News
Fast growth is compromising quality, campaigners warn.The campaign for universal primary education has resulted in more children attending schools, but many are not receiving good quality lessons and truancy is rife, education leaders have warned.John...
Schools - 'We Are Not Being Bold Enough,' Reformer Says: News
He calls for innovation even when things are 'working perfectly'.Countries such as the UK and the US are not being "remotely bold enough" and "fear risk-taking" when effecting change in their school systems, one of the world's best known education reformers...
Smog of Competition Smothers Creativity: Letters
For the first time in about 20 years of teaching piano, more of my students are leaving for reasons other than finance, lack of interest or changing circumstances such as moving house. They are leaving because they do not have time to practise.Over the...
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...
Technology - the 'Robot Brain' That Could Win a Place at University: News
Japanese scientists 'shocked' at good marks in mock exam.Thanks to Japan's competitive university entrance tests, it is a common stereotype that high school students in the country become "exam- passing machines". And now scientists in the Far Eastern...
The Behaviour Question: News
Isn't behaviour management ultimately the result of a teacher's personality? If so, no amount of reading blogs or following tips and advice can really make a difference. I've never found following advice to be much help. In fact, it often seems to make...
The Benefits of the French Connection: Comment
Its schools value teachers, allow bright children to thrive and even offer a sense of fun. So why isn't the world copying France?According to the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) league tables, of which there will be...
The Issue - Boys Have Feelings Too, So Help Them to Show It: News
It can be difficult to get young men to talk about their problems, but tailored pastoral care encourages them to express themselves.Teenage boys don't really want your help. They don't do emotions. They don't do revealing chats about their lives, and...
The Ugly Truth: Comment
A new road sign has appeared near my house. It features an impressive model of a bird of prey perched on top of the legend "Red Kite Country".Although there are a few of these big feathery beasts flitting around the region, it's not an entirely accurate...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK23-29 NOVEMBER 2013SATURDAYGet a woggle onScouts, politicians and academics from more than 200 countries met in Hong Kong for the World Scout Education Congress. They discussed the educational aspects of belonging to the 28 million-strong movement.SUNDAYIt's...
Uncomfortably Numb: Comment
Callan is like Garfield's hapless companion Odie: always in trouble, but it's impossible not to like him. The teenager occasionally bothers to show up to my film studies class. And he owes me coursework. He owes everyone coursework.The other day he strolled...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Ceasing to Care Is the Only Way to Survive: Opinion
I'm failing. Six weeks ago, I took up my second post (in my second challenging inner-city school) and every day has been a battle.Behaviour is so rough that some students have made no progress in anything other than paper-plane construction. The ensuing...
What's Hot?: News
Marshmallows, stickers, quizzes and snap - who said learning was boring? This week, our pick of TES Connect's most popular resources proves that there's always fun to be had in the classroom, even with the trickiest of concepts.1. Alaskan expertWhat...
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