Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5098, 2014

A Day in the Life Of
A vibrant and culturally diverse working environment inspires this Hong Kong primary teacher to tackle expectations of high academic achievement in a fun and stimulating way My day starts at about 6.15am. I was getting up earlier than this,...
A Hardy Perennial
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. That's certainly true of the dandelions in my garden. They have survived every physical, biological and chemical attack I've been able to subject them to. It's a pity Rose's sunflowers weren't as resilient....
Ask Tom
Teacher, TES Connect blogger and behaviour expert Tom Bennett puts on his agony uncle hat and answers your education questions Behaviour at our school improved when we introduced a new policy: excluded students would stay at home in the morning...
Back to Basics
Skirting around the issue is normally discouraged, but with circumferences that is exactly what you have to do. These resources will give your students a new angle on circle calculations 1 Get round to itWhat is it? A series of learning stations...
Clued-Up on Complex Language
Turn your class into detectives with some difficult definitions Learning to read is a never-ending process - even the most competent readers encounter unfamiliar words from time to time. But do your pupils know what to do when this happens?...
Defining Moments
After many years in the classroom, we have seen just about every possible behaviour among our students. We have heard every excuse. We have encountered every attitude, from eager to curious to perplexed, indifferent, apprehensive, suspicious, openly...
Don't Let Loneliness Take Hold of Students
Whether a child is new to a school or just finds it hard to interact with others, there are plenty of ways to boost their social skills It's lunchtime. And as any teacher who has supervised a lunch period even once knows, this is the perfect...
Edcha##er
Every week, we bring you the most interesting discussion, debate and issues from around the web and around the world by focusing on the most popular educational hashtags on Twitter Occasionally, usually when needing to find a new contact or...
Fear of Performance Pay May Be Dwindling
Half of teachers polled think salary should be linked to exam results In countries from India to Sweden, policymakers are increasingly turning to performance-related pay for teachers as a means of driving up educational attainment.So far,...
How to Chart Your Classroom Character
Are you cooperative or oppositional? Dominant or submissive? Examining your natural style could improve the way you teach Let me tell you half a story. Judd likes to have things his own way. If challenged, he likes to explain why he is right...
In the Beginning Was the Word
And the word was really useful for teaching creative writing Once upon a time, God created the heavens and the earth. God said, "Let there be light", and there was light. And they all lived happily ever after.The Bible can be used to teach...
Jobs of the Future Will Be Steeped in the Past, Study Says
Traditional skills are being neglected in rush to teach coding An increased focus on coding and computer literacy is spreading around the world, as educators and ministers strive to prepare pupils for the jobs of tomorrow. But a return to...
Lines of Infinite Beauty
To mathematics devotees, the golden ratio - or even a game of noughts and crosses - is as sublime as Michelangelo or Mozart. But how can we share this allure with pupils, asks maths teacher Jonny Griffiths "Mathematics possesses a beauty cold...
Mr Fitch by David Baddiel
The comedian credits his joy in language and comic timing to an English teacher whose poetry-loving, besuited exterior hid a scurrilous wit Even though I wasn't particularly good at sciences, I was preparing to study them at A-level. My dad...
News at a Glance
Upgrade colleges for a high-tech world, report saysColleges must change the way they teach in order to fully benefit from investment in technology, according to a new report. Further Education Reimagined, by technology firms Microsoft and Intel and the...
News at a Glance
World Cup song released in memory of teacherTwo teachers who have recorded an England World Cup anthem are releasing it as a single to raise money in memory of a teacher who was stabbed to death at school. Robin Parmiter and Ian Wilson of Huntington...
Preparing for the Worst When an Inspector Calls
I teach English, employability skills and arts and crafts to 16- to 19-year-olds. In the dead of night, my thoughts turn to whether any students will show up in my lessons the next day. Attendance is erratic. Lessons planned for seven or eight students...
Preserving Memories of Adventures in the Snow
My kindergarten class had spent 10 busy and exciting weeks examining how transport has changed to meet the needs of the growing population. This unit of enquiry involved investigating old transport methods and exploring how and why they have evolved.The...
Prisoners, Pensioners and Anyone in Between
Saved from the brink of disaster by its astute leader, the National Extension College caters for thousands of unconventional learners Back in 1987, Ros Morpeth was asked by an academic journal to predict the future for distance learning. As...
Say It Loud: Leaders of Our Schools, Unite!
It's time for us to take control. Here, three educationalists issue a call to arms for headteachers in the face of unprecedented change At a time when relations between government and teachers are, shall we say, strained, dialogue within the...
'Step Up' to Engineer a Solution to Skills Gap
Sector must train technicians required by industry, expert urges The further education sector must "step up" and play a bigger role in training the next generation of engineers and technicians to address a national shortage, it has been claimed.The...
Subverting the Gender Laws of the Jungle
Some say that the differences between boys and girls are just aping nature, but studies of primates tell a more complex story "Boys will be boys" is a popular refrain in schools. A bit of rough and tumble at break time? That's natural. Likewise,...
Tales from New Teachers
looking but not seeing The problemI am training to be a teacher in a difficult secondary school. It has been a hugely rewarding year but also a real challenge.One issue has been observations. In my first term, many teachers refused to let...
TES Letters
Idealism gets skewered by the need to hit targetsIt was depressing to read "We train teachers up just to break them down" (Professional, 30 May). Once more it reflected how the meddling of target-obsessed politicians has not only stifled skilled and...
The History Boy Who Can See the 'Follies of Man'
Labour's Tristram Hunt on taking the long view of education When Tristram Hunt was named as Labour's education spokesman last year, the appointment raised more than a few eyebrows within the teaching profession.His previous career as a historian,...
The Lighter Touch
A friend who recently became a headteacher is wondering whether she was wise to take the job. "It's the staff," she says. "One or two are worse than the children."Well, headship is a funny thing. You've got several hundred children to make a success...
There's a Formula for Teaching Beauty
When the manager of Manchester City Football Club, Manuel Pellegrini, got his sums wrong in December last year, he soon found that the beautiful game had an ugly side. His failure to calculate how many goals his side needed to beat Bayern Munich to qualify...
'The Time Has Come for Transparency'
Unions welcome news of release of commissioner's findings The government is to start publishing summaries of the findings of the FE commissioner, it has been announced.Dr David Collins - the first person to hold the post - and five advisers...
The Walk and the Talk
How podcasts are inspiring students to exercise while they learn In my classes, children walk around with headphones in. They are not playing up or being rude - I am the one who told them to do so.It all started because I am interested in...
This Week, Next Week
31 May - 6 June 2014SaturdayIs it a bird? Is it a plane?Wearing a Superman T-shirt could improve exam performance, scientists said, because mental processes "can be primed by clothing". It is not known whether putting pants over your trousers has the...
Two Heads Are Better Than One
Shared leadership offers the chance to lighten the workload and pass on experience Reaching a certain age as a school leader means facing hard truths. I turned 62 last year and I was torn between not being ready to slow down and accepting...
What's Hot?
This week's pick of the resources available on TES Connect has an investigative bent, with photography, science and the World Cup all coming under the microscope 1 Talk with the animalsWhat is it? A comprehension task on nocturnal animalsWho...
When Free Schools Falter, Let Them Fall
Avoid our mistakes, advocate for US charter movement advises England should learn from the mistakes of the US charter school movement and close failing free schools more quickly, a state senator and former education adviser to president Barack...
Why Students Are the Experts on Sex Education in Brazil
Peer-mentoring initiative is helping children as young as 10 Like anywhere in the world, the start of the lesson on sex education is accompanied by rowdy jokes and giggles from its young audience. But in the deprived Brazilian city of Codó,...
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