Times Educational Supplement

Articles from No. 5043, May 10

A Battle against Loss: Columnists
I don't often write about my children. In real life, they hover at a distance in case I humiliate them by insisting that they wear hats, scarves or woolly things to ward off the thousand natural chills that flesh is heir to. In my writing I maintain...
Arrested, Tortured, but Not Silenced: Feature
Bahraini union vice-president Jalila al-Salman was persecuted and imprisoned for supporting a teachers' strike during the pro-democracy protests of the Arab Spring. She tells Kerra Maddern why she is determined to continue speaking out, even at the risk...
A World of Ideas: Comment
I was in New Zealand when I had one of my best ideas for improving learning at my school. In 2007, I was at the International Confederation of Principals in Auckland, listening to Sir Ken Robinson, the creativity man. It wasn't anything in particular...
Behaviour - How to Deal with an Exuberant Know-It-All: Behaviour
Teachers want children to be keen, but sometimes an overzealous student can be as damaging to learning as an unruly one.Enthusiasm from students is what every teacher craves. But when a single child ends up dominating every discussion or question-and-answer...
Can Business Teach the World?: Feature
With the United Nations' goal of universal schooling a distant hope, developing countries are turning to the private sector to rescue their efforts. The lessons learned could find their way into Western systems, too, William Stewart discovers.In front...
Classroom Practice - A Concrete Plan to Explore the Abstract: Pedagogy
Teaching, in all areas of the curriculum, involves concepts. Help your students to access, understand and use intangible ideas.The job of a teacher, regardless of subject, involves communicating concepts. These abstract ideas - with no single, objective...
Coming to a Classroom near You ..: Resources
Travel without movingThe school trip in the classroomIn March, two Australian schools embarked on a visit to the Landmarks: People and Places across Australia gallery at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.But rather than submitting hastily...
FErret: Fe News
The Bon Jovi fan living on a prayerDear Jon Bon Jovi, if you're reading this - and your interest in the struggle of the working man suggests that you may like to keep up with the latest on vocational education - there is someone you really should meet.His...
Fighting for Evolution to Be the Natural Selection: News
Louisiana is 'ground zero' in conflict over creationist teaching.In the battle between creationism and evolution in American schools, Louisiana is on the front line.In 2008, it became the first state to pass controversial legislation allowing schools...
For Sale: The Last Words of a Bibliophile English Teacher: News
An outstanding collection of first editions goes to auction next week.Many English teachers have succumbed to an irrepressible - and expensive - book-buying habit over the years. But Bruce Ritchie took it to an entirely new level.Mr Ritchie (pictured...
From the Editor - Capitalists Are Coming to a School near You: Opinion
The prospect of the private sector having anything to do with education appals many. The sector is often regarded a bit like those raffish and vulgar uncles who turn up at family weddings to leer at the bridesmaids and bore the pants off everyone with...
From the Forums: Opinion
What should a teacher wear to prom?I have the school prom in a month's time and want to get a cocktail dress for it, but all the ones I find are rather short or a little too plunging. I don't know where to start.Apple_CartI was forced into going to the...
Governments Sweat over Soaring Obesity Levels: News
European countries step up physical education programmes.Governments across Europe are putting pressure on schools to counter soaring obesity levels among young people by overhauling their physical education provision, according to the first pan-European...
Leadership - Stepping Up in a Crisis Situation: Resources
When things go wrong, you have to be commander-in-chief - this guide will help you to handle the pressure.A key part of leadership is crisis management. Alongside counsellor, business manager, educator and all the other hats a principal or senior teacher...
Love Stories: Columnists
I was fascinated by the recent TES survey of teachers' 100 favourite books ("Shelf assessment", 5 April). I was surprised to find that I had read 83 of them, so my reading habits must have much in common with those of my colleagues.I've always loved...
News at a Glance: News
End 'profoundly toxic' target culture, thinktank saysHigh-stakes school inspections should be dropped to end the target-driven culture in schools, a thinktank said this week. Schools in England are held to account by inspectorate Ofsted and by league...
Random Testing Has Side-Effect of Boosting Use of Harder Drugs: News
Students swap cannabis for hard-to-detect substances, study suggests.Random drug testing in schools may be pushing students away from marijuana and on to harder substances that are more difficult to detect, research has found.Using data from more than...
Resource of the Week - Mayhew's Month of Monsters - A Scary Monster a Day: Resources
An interactive calendar linked to a book will terrify and delight.Every child enjoys a story about monsters. Throw in assassins, spies, a boy on a thrilling adventure and an interactive calendar of monsters and you have got a winning formula.Jon Mayhew,...
Sun Doesn't Shine on Summer-Born Children: News
Call for age-adjusted tests to help younger members of year groups.The plight of summer-born children is well documented: those who are young in their year group struggle to keep pace with older classmates and perform less well in end-of-year tests.But...
Teacher 'Fired' on the Apprentice Reveals All: News
'I wore the same pants for 32 hours - that's dedication'."I'm half machine," said Jaz Ampaw-Farr - teacher, self-styled "phonics ninja" and mother of three - at the beginning of the UK television show The Apprentice. "I can process things at a speed...
Teachers Are Doing It for Themselves. Good: Comment
A belief that educators should be in charge of schools lies behind our reforms, education secretary Michael Gove writes.Some people, on the Left and on the Right, deny the importance of teaching. On the Right are people - including in my political party...
Terrorism, Risk and Religious Tensions: Resources
HISTORYThe ultimate penaltyA legal document from ancient Babylonia (in present-day Iraq) contained the first known death penalty laws under a code written in the 18th century BC. Twenty-five crimes were punishable by death, including adultery and helping...
The Behaviour Question: Behaviour
We have had a few incidents recently where children were particularly disruptive and it was necessary to remove them from the class. What can we do when they refuse? It isn't easy for two or three members of staff to carry 10- and 11-year-old children...
The Country That May Lose a Quarter of College Staff: Fe News
Further education faces drastic cuts in debt-ridden Ireland.The worldwide economic downturn hit the Republic of Ireland harder than most, plunging the country into a depression so severe that it needed a multibillion-euro bailout to stay afloat. Although...
The Power of Words: Resources
ENGLISHIt's the way wot 'e wrote itDialect can be used in novels to signify a number of characteristics. In Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, for example, characters speak in different accents, even though they all come from London, to denote their place...
This week/Next Week: News
THIS WEEK - 4-10 MAY 2013SATURDAYOUT IN FOURTHPeople wielding lightsabres celebrated Star Wars Day, all because "May the fourth be with you" sounds like "May the Force be with you". But, really, it would only work if all the characters from the films...
Today's News - Tomorrow's Lesson - Resources for 11- to 18-Year-Olds - the Boston Bombs and the New Face of Terror: Resources
The man behind last month's marathon atrocities is said to have 'self-radicalised'. Is this part of a trend of 'lone wolf' terrorism?The bombs that killed three people and injured more than 200 others at the Boston Marathon in the US last month were...
Today's News - Tomorrow's Lesson - Resources for 5- to 11-Year-Olds - Stuck on Treacle: Resources
Why some feared Matilda's British idiom would baffle Broadway.After huge success in the West End of London, England, Matilda the Musical had a language makeover before arriving on Broadway in the US. Words such as "treacle" were excised because it was...
Track Down Great Practice. Then Share It: Comment
Go the whole hog and collaborate so everyone can benefit from the best ideas, David Moran writes.Ray Swoffard, an educator with nearly 40 years' experience in schools in Hamilton County, Tennessee, US, has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal,...
Try 'Tough Love' Parenting to Beat Bullies, Study Says: News
Parenting classes that advocate "tough love" should be run to help cut the number of children who become victims of bullying at school, a major study has suggested.The classes should encourage families to adopt a "positive" parenting style, with a focus...
Union Scheme Strikes a Blow for Struggling Schools: News
Tired of being labelled opponents of reform, some are embracing it.For politicians who view teaching unions as stubborn obstacles to reform, the criticism is always the same: narrow self-interest comes first, the quality of education a distant second.In...
What Keeps Me Awake at Night - Losing a Case History Hurts a Child's Future: Opinion
Communication in education is so important, not just within and between schools but with outside agencies, too. This was highlighted in the past year when a child moved to our school. Within the first few days we realised he had severe behavioural issues,...
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