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Access to Success

“Widening participation”, “lifelong learning” and “the expansion of Higher Education” are familiar ideas which have been variously absorbed into the education policy agendas of successive British governments. Access courses have played a key role in the growth of Further and Higher Education, particularly in providing educational opportunities for adult learners who missed out on the Read More

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How did Directed Activities Related to Text come about

Traditionally secondary school pupils copied from the blackboard or from dictation to make a set of notes that they learned (by heart) for exams. However, copying things down is a completely passive task requiring little mental effort or involvement in the lesson. As comprehensive schools developed during the mid-1970s, classes became increasingly differentiated with some Read More

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Using Grades to Motivate

When thinking about school and all that goes on during school, grading and getting good grades is an important aspect. Students are sometimes more worried about getting a good grade on an assignment rather than learning the actual material. It is the teacher’s job to give students an assessment that is directly related to the Read More

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Terror in the Classroom

It was a cold and snowy day in February of 1995. I was in seventh grade. I remember walking to my locker in the morning, and as I turned the corner, I saw it happen. My young eyes peered upon one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed. My heart started pounding, and my Read More

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Which of these perspectives may have the potential to contribute to the development of novice writers into expert writers

Like an artist painting a picture, the writer creates a journey into the specific meaning of the image that they are producing, perhaps for the sake of him or herself, perhaps for the reader, maybe to influence or educate, or simply to entertain. Whatever the purpose, well-composed work, whether subtly or flagrantly, distinguishes itself as Read More

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Assessment in primary science

In 1998, professors Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam carried out extensive research in which they quantified assessment methods used in classrooms. The objective of this survey was to evaluate methods used to assess learning; the aim was to locate the most successful evaluation methods in producing actual student learning and comprehension of the specific area Read More

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The benefits of creativity in education

Throughout the observation (see Task A, which gives a full outline of the observation task) it was the intention to observe forms of creativity and how it is successfully incorporated across the curriculum, in this case literacy. The teacher is an inspirational teacher who is very interested in developing thinking skills, creative teaching and promoting Read More

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Teaching children how to observe is one of the key objectives for a Primary teacher during a science lesson

Science is an important subject in the National Curriculum (NC); it is a subject that we, as teachers, need to teach. The curriculum sets out the skills involved under the heading Science Enquiry, it is spread across Key Stage 1 and 2. There are 3 sub- headings, which are: Planning; Obtaining and presenting evidence; and Read More