June was a much quieter month on the blog than May. But despite the page views plummeting I still managed to churn out a fair few posts, summarised for your convenience below:
#9 Motivation 6th June
Throughout June I continued my uphill plod through the Top 20 psychological principles for teachers. This one was the first of four on what motivates students and looked at the costs and benefits of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
#10 Mastery 7th June
Mastery learning is a much abused and very vogue-ish term. This post tried to begin unpicking what it is and isn’t.
It’s the bell curve, stupid! 10th June
A look under the hood of the EEF toolkit with special thanks to the wonderful Professor Steve Higgins
#11 Expectations 13th June
This is one of my favourites and takes in placebos, the halo effect and the Hawthorne effect before delivering a verdict on the importance of teachers’ expectations.
#12 Goal setting 14th June
I had a lot of fun with this one as I’ve always despaired of SMART targets. Turns out, they’re well iffy.
Examining my gender bias 16th June
On realising that I only seem to read books and blogs by men.
Have you read the #WrongBook? 17th June
More blatant and unrepentant promotion of my new book on the eve of it’s publication.
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Carol Dweck…
#13 Situated learning 21st June
I’m sorry, but this stuff is just a bit dreadful!
#14 Relationships 22nd June
Teaching: it’s all about relationships. In other news, the pope is still Catholic.
John’s book is ace. If you haven’t read his blog, you should. Then buy his book.
#15 Well being 23rd June
We all want to feel good, but can we actually teach well-being?
When is a bad idea a bad idea? 23rd June
When it has no supporting evidence or has been proved empirically false. We really need to disinfect this stuff out of the profession!
#16 Zero-tolerance 25th June
Much to my surprise, it turns out there’s no supporting evidence (and some contradictory evidence) for zero-tolerance behaviour policies.
#17 Classroom management 28th June
What we accept is acceptable. My three-pronged advice is balls, heart, minds.
#18 Formative & summative assessment 29th June
On careful consideration, it’s not so much that AfL is wrong, but used for the wrong reasons.
#19 Measurement 30th June
What every teacher needs to know about validity, reliability and fairness.
See you all again this time next month. Thanks for reading.