Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5078, 2014

A Day in the Life of ... Alusine Kargbo
In between charity commitments and chiefdom meetings, this reverend in Sierra Leone teaches religious studies in a junior school. But classes of up to 74 students can be quite a challenge.The beeping of my phone alarm wakes me at 4am and I get up, trying...
A Licence to Lay Blame
An open letter to Tristram Hunt,shadow education secretary:You have made it clear that you will revive the idea floated during the last Labour government of regular "relicensing" of teachers. Shamefully, you are lining up behind education secretary for...
Back to Basics
Averages, mean, mode, median, range - some of the dullest lessons ever inflicted upon students, right? Think again. These resources prove that any topic can be made fun, playful and imaginative.1. A la modeWhat is it? A cut and paste activity that gets...
Behaviour - When Chaos Reigns, Fear Can Be Your Friend
The 'big beasts' of the staffroom can strike terror into the heart of any student. Used sparingly, they are an invaluable resource.Every school has a "big beast". In some, they roam the corridors pouncing on straggling children who have become separated...
Behaviour - Why 'Dumb Stuff' Gets the Thumbs-Up
Expert claims risk-taking and mistake-making aid learning.Teachers need to encourage children to do the "dumb stuff" of youth or risk turning their schools into "learning graveyards", a leading child psychologist has said.Allowing children to be impulsive...
Classroom Practice - Master the Mysterious Art of Explanation
How can you tell if students have grasped a concept? Ask them to show knowledge of 'deep structures' and all will become clear.Explanation is at the heart of what we teachers do - look up the definition of "to teach" on any search engine or in any dictionary...
Curriculum - Schools Caught in Crossfire of Battle of East and West
Australia needs greater focus on colonial 'legacy', minister says.Australian schools should be less concerned with the country's aboriginal culture and Asian neighbours and instead focus more on its British colonial past, according to one of the people...
Curriculum - Teachers Embroiled in Textbook Clashes
Row builds in Japan and South Korea over nationalist content.Teachers in South Korea and Japan have been plunged into the centre of bitter national debates, as their respective governments promote the inclusion of controversial right-wing material in...
Developing World - 'It Ought to Be a Wake-Up Moment for All of Us'
Aid organisation chief says fall in funding threatens security.Alice Albright is a woman with a tough job. As chief executive of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), she is responsible for raising billions of pounds in education aid funding from...
Editorial - I Demand an Explanation
Francois Hollande, president of France, attempted to explain himself this week. Under pressure over an alleged affair, he claimed it was a private matter and said he would not reveal details out of, ahem, "respect for those involved". That was, at the...
From the Forums - Licensed to Teach
(Teachers would need to renew their licence) every few years, apparently, under a future Labour government. Your thoughts?emmat34Just leave us alone ... and let us do the job we're trained to do.lanokiaA failing teacher would be exposed in an inspection,...
Gifted and Talented - High Intelligence Is a Special Need - So Treat It That Way
Stretch students with advanced work, academics tell schools.Bright children should be given the same individual attention as students with special educational needs (SEN) and should be allowed to skip school years in order to realise their potential,...
How I Teach - Develop a Feel for Grammar
How a tactile game for teaching a blind student worked for all.So much of how we teach grammar is visual. It's not something you tend to be aware of until someone points it out. Or until you have a visually impaired student in your class.There are many...
How to Walk the Skills V Knowledge Tightrope
Curriculum development involves a careful balancing act, not least between knowledge and skills. It was interesting, then, to read Tom Bennett's article "I know therefore I can" (Feature, 10 January) and discover his take on this debate at a time when...
How to Walk the Skills V Knowledge Tightrope
Tom Bennett's timely piece raises an important issue regarding the apparent tension between the teaching of "facts" and "skills" in the classroom. The idea that there is a cost to teaching skills is clearly a concern to some types of teacher. But this...
If It Ain't Broke
The parent comment box on Danny's homework reads: "Dear Mr Eddison, why has Danny been asked to solve subtraction problems using a number line and the counting-on method? I don't understand what he has to do, he doesn't understand what he has to do and...
It's Lonely at the Top
No man is an island, but try telling that to school leaders. Shouldering the responsibility of a school and the expectations of staff, parents and even entire communities can leave them feeling anxious and isolated. Who can they turn to? Adi Bloom reports.There...
Leadership - Consistency? It's a Matter of Balance
Listen to staff and you can create coherence without crushing their individuality.Consistency among teaching staff can be elusive. As a school leader, you could achieve it by becoming a mini despot, ruling through fear and having an informer network...
My Best Lesson - Language Learning Goes High-Tech with TED Talks
I teach English as a foreign language at a high school in Stockholm, Sweden. My students are part of a cross-curricular technology programme, so I try to incorporate technology into my lessons as much as possible. One of my favourite methods is to use...
My Left-Field Lesson - Infinite Ideas for Maths
Ciphers, quantum mechanics, chocolate biscuits ... put students in charge of their own club and it could lead anywhere.The latest meeting of my school's Sixth Form Mathematics Society has just finished and, as usual, I am clearing various bits of detritus...
My Unspeakable Top 10
Why are lists so seductive? It doesn't matter how studiously you're searching online for teaching resources, an article titled "The 10 cutest kittens in the world" or "The 10 most telling symptoms of liver damage" is sure to pull you off track.As a nation,...
News at a Glance
Blockbuster books remain firm favouritesThe Harry Potter novels are still the best loved children's books in the UK, a survey shows. Two of JK Rowling's books about the boy wizard - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet...
Post-16 - EU Chief Complains That Those Who Can't, Teach Adults
Bad experiences are turning off lifelong learners, he claims.Adult education in Europe is failing to cater for the needs of its students because too few teachers have the necessary skills and expertise, according to a stark warning from the European...
Science - Creationism: A 'Very Real Threat' in Schools
Ban 'indoctrination' and focus on the evidence, campaigners urge.New laws are needed in the UK to crack down on the teaching of creationism as an alternative to evolution in private faith schools, the president of the Association for Science Education...
Tales from New Teachers - Restless Children
The problemAfter the first half-term with my new class of six- to eight-year-olds, I had grown used to dealing with each child's unique behaviour traits and charming idiosyncrasies. However, it was apparent that one particular student (we'll call her...
That Sinking Feeling
There I was, moving methodically up and down my lane, listening to the hubbub of the municipal swimming pool on a Sunday afternoon. In the part of London where I swim, voices come in many tongues, but this time one language rang out above all others:...
The Behaviour Question
My students have a serious problem with lying. They claim they have handed in their books and pretend that I have lost them, then the books magically appear a few days later - this has happened about half a dozen times. They plagiarise their homework...
The Issue - Rwandan Schools Bear the Weight of History
As education begins to confront the country's recent past, teachers must help their students to understand the horror of the genocide.Imagine there were children in your class whose parents, brothers and sisters had committed genocide, and children whose...
This week/Next Week
THIS WEEK11-17 JANUARY 2014SATURDAYTime for your check-upA plan for "teacher MOTs" was unveiled in England by Tristram Hunt, shadow education secretary. Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT union, expressed "serious doubts".SUNDAYHolmes sweet...
'Vito' by Aldo Zilli
The Italian superchef recalls a life of extremes under a mentor who was a genius with food - when he wasn't hurling it in his student's face.School? I don't remember school. Do you know how old I am? I have socks older than you. I remember catering college,...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - These Outdated Rules Are Wide of the Mark
Marking is slowly destroying my passion for teaching. Not because I don't think feedback is important but because of the outdated, irrelevant criteria we have to adhere to.We now have detailed instructions on how to mark a book, what to write and how...
What's Hot?
From the basic building blocks of learning to fundamental questions about life, the universe and everything, this week's pick of TES Connect's resources cover a multitude of topics.1. Your schoolWhat is it? A template that autistic students can use to...
Where Learners Get What They Deserve
Cultures with strong meritocratic values top global rankings, but the ideal is more problematic than it seems - and hard to sustain.Many words have been written in recent weeks about the results of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment...
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