Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5083, 2014

A Day in the Life of ... Fabiana Casella
Living in Argentina's largest city means that life is never dull. But knowing that she has to keep her students entertained, this English language teacher has been turning to her smartphone.My day starts at around 6.15am. As soon as I get up, I prepare...
Addiction - 'We're Blind to the Dangers of Alcohol'
Former No 10 spin doctor says schools must educate teenagers.Alastair Campbell, once a Downing Street spin doctor, knows how to get his message across. Now, Tony Blair's former right-hand man is applying his formidable communication skills to the issue...
Am I Too Clever to Be a Primary Teacher?
Academic success doesn't rule out being a teacher of young children. Quite the opposite - it's of great benefit in a tough job.Forgive me, because I'm about to say something that doesn't quite fall within society's accepted bounds of modesty. I'd like...
Apprentices Could Be a Magic Pill for Health
New sectors should embrace work-based learning, EU chief says.Apprenticeships are increasingly seen in many European countries as the solution to tackling youth unemployment. But although work-based learning is slowly gaining in popularity, only a quarter...
Assessment - Pisa 'Pitched Too High' for Developing Nations
Former Australian PM calls for new approach to global rankings.International league tables are based on tests that are too difficult for developing nations, and "more basic" assessments are needed to measure progress in the weakest education systems,...
Back to Basics
Cliche is a looming spectre for any teacher trying to impart the secrets of descriptive writing to their students, but these resources will inspire far fresher stories and essays.1 Perfect planningWhat is it? A planning mat for descriptive writingWhat...
Behaviour - Strike a Balance with Challenging Parents
Whether blase or pushy, they can be an unsettling influence. Turn things around by offering reassurance and reinforcing the rules.There is an old saying about education being a three-legged stool: it takes teachers, students and parents to make it work....
Best Isn't Always Best
One of the problems with big, bargain-filled designer discount emporiums like TK Maxx is that the second we walk into them, we lose our capacity to judge. The last time I went shopping there, I bought a silver spandex frock. The lure of owning a designer...
By the Numbers - Gender Gap in Pakistan
A fund has been established in the name of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, to tackle access to education for children in Pakistan.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has awarded $7 million...
Classroom Practice - to Teach Know-How, Know How to Teach
The subject of vocational pedagogy has been sorely neglected for far too long. Now it's time for practitioners to lead the debate.In almost 500 years of formal vocational education, it seems as though the conversation about vocational pedagogy has never...
Don't Look Down
It's your first day teaching at an American community college. So what's the big deal?You arrive at your morning class a couple of minutes early. As you set down your book bag you feel a few pairs of eyes on you, but when you glance up only one student...
Down the Plughole
Recently, I read about a school leader who had installed security cameras in his school toilets. There was a predictable outcry from parents. But, I suspect like many school leaders, I can sympathise with his reasons: he simply wanted to eliminate the...
Editorial - Even Teaching DIY Needs Solid Foundations
Contrary to popular, well-meaning belief, there is such a thing as a bad student. I know this because I am one. This was demonstrated perfectly when I smashed a sledgehammer through a live cable and plunged our suburban home into darkness. The baby screamed....
Figures of Fun
Think about your favourite comedian: the probability that they have a passion for numbers is surprisingly high. A new breed of entertainer is banishing the nerdy image of maths, using laughter to capture imaginations, and teachers should follow their...
How I Teach - Learning through Publishing
Inspire a class to engage with a topic by writing an iBook.Teaching Ancient Rome to 12- and 13-year-olds shouldn't be difficult. Certainly, there is no shortage of amazing stories to sustain their interest: the famous battles of the Colosseum, despotic...
Leadership - When Exams Fail the Test, Go It Alone
If you don't feel what's on offer is serving your students well, come up with something else.School leaders and exam boards tend to have a rather tempestuous relationship. Indeed, leaders can often be heard muttering that they could do a better job themselves....
Moments of Madness
My school, like all others, has an "activities week". But since my new employer is in deepest, darkest Asia, the line-up of excursions is slightly more exotic than I am used to, taking in Thailand's temple-tastic Chiang Mai and Vietnam's tribal hill...
Mrs Burrell by Ty Burrell
The star of Modern Family and new animated film Mr Peabody & Sherman found that being taught by his mother didn't mean he got off lightly at school.I wasn't a great student when my mom, Sheri Burrell, taught me at the age of about 10. And I wasn't...
My Best Lesson - Ukulele Turns Students into Mini Guitar Heroes
At the start of a new academic year, I decided to journey into unknown territory: I was going to teach all middle-schoolers to play the ukulele. It was the first time it had been attempted at my school.The instruments were unpacked and, since they were...
My Left-Field Lesson - Let Teenagers Play, Too
Try Lego to help young people with autism to build social skills.The idea of play in education conjures up visions of nursery children creating models out of dough or splashing around at the water table. However, a project I ran recently involved play...
News at a Glance
US state calls for Common Core rethinkOne of the chief advocates of the Common Core State Standards in the US has called for a rethink of the programme. The standards, which are the first attempt at a national curriculum in the US, have been adopted...
Policy - Is Something Rotten in the State Schools of Sweden?
Critical OECD report follows slide in international rankings.The Swedish education system, with its network of state-funded independent free schools, has provided inspiration to other countries keen to emulate its historical success.But in recent times,...
Science - Avoid Creationism, Alienate Students
Tackle topic in science to engage children of faith, study says.Science teachers delivering lessons on evolution and the origins of the universe should also broach the subject of creationism in order to avoid "alienating" students with strong beliefs,...
Sex Education - Never Too Young for 'That Conversation'?
Young children show questioning attitude towards sex, study finds.Many who oppose sex education for the very young fear that it will corrupt their minds and take away their innocence. But a new study has revealed that sex is by no means an alien concept...
Showing Up Is Not Enough
Despite efforts to get India's children into school, figures reveal that they learn shockingly little once enrolled. Adi Bloom meets the teachers determined to turn this situation around.Ruchika Hanswani's mother does not understand why her daughter...
Tales from New Teachers - Bringing Order to Chaos
The problemMidway through the term, my mentor tells me that there is a "concern" that my classroom doesn't reach the standard a "learning environment" should. And the reason for this? The display borders are uneven and have different widths, and the...
The Behaviour Question
I have an all-male class and am due to teach a lesson on condoms as part of a sex education module. Do you have any tips on how to encourage the children to be sensible and stop them from messing about? I know from experience that this is not a particularly...
The Issue - There's No Need to Face Tragedy Alone
In the terrible aftermath of a student's suicide, school leaders must share the burden and seek support and advice from every source.The sudden death of a student is always traumatic, but when that death is a suicide it is one of the hardest challenges...
This week/Next Week
THIS WEEK - 15-21 FEBRUARY 2014SATURDAYOver the moonGold medal winners at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were a little more stellar than most: their medals contained fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, which struck Russia on this day a year...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - My Calm Demeanour Isn't a Sign That I Don't Care
The ability to stay calm in a stressful situation is a positive attribute in most professions. However, as a teacher, I have found that because I don't get stressed I am viewed with a suspicion that I don't really care about what I do.In a previous teaching...
What's Hot?
From the masterful narratives of Gothic literature (and The Gruffalo's Child) to the ins and outs of quadratic equations and how the mind works, this week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect make sense of tricky topics.1 Gruffalo readingWhat...
Workforce - Where Staff Skip Class, Not Students
Uganda gets tough on teachers who moonlight in private schools.One of the world's poorest countries is to crack down on teachers who desert their posts to moonlight in private schools, TES has learned.Uganda has one of the highest rates of teacher absenteeism...
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