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Requiem for a Straw Man

” . . . and indeed it takes From our achievements, though performed at height, The pith and marrow of our attribute.” – Hamlet There is a common refrain in the discourse about teaching reading that almost immediately derails the debate, … Continue reading

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O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! Ophelia, Hamlet. It should not be surprising that a recent report by the Social Mobility Commission found that educational inequality is increasing. Schools tend to reflect, rather than direct, their communities, so … Continue reading

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Alone Together

“. . . to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them.” – Hamlet It is the pleasure and the pain of teaching. You close the classroom door, survey the room, and remember that once again … Continue reading

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The Real Dichotomy: Part 1

“I am mad but north-northwest; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” Discrimination can be a good thing. In terms of learning, it is arguable that ultimately all learning is based upon the recognition of … Continue reading

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Teaching for Remembering Part 1

The question I had was: why don’t students remember what I’ve taught them? Answer one (which I should have known): Practice to fluency. In other words, learn to perform the skill (e.g. recall), both accurately and very quickly. I should have … Continue reading

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