Writing is Hard
I did not realize how little I wrote as a teacher, until I wrote the first post for this blog.
I majored in History in university. This entailed two things: reading, and writing. Yeah, sometimes there was discussion and presentations, but if you were to make a pie chart of how I spent my time, that slice would be the size I should take during Thanksgiving, rather than the slice I actually do. Most of my time was spent pouring over primary and secondary sources at the library, and writing about what I read.
So, when I sat down to write that first post, I faced the uncomfortable realization that teaching entailed little writing, and that my writing skills had deteriorated as a result. It was far harder than I remembered.
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Changed the name of this series, because some of these aren’t blogs. Added some headings too, so it’s slightly more organized.
Education and Schools
Is it ever okay for students to swear in class?
Role of questioning in differentiation in a lesson, and the role of differentiation in maintaining the bell curve
How to build historical empathy among students, and have them judge past decisions in the context of the times (this specific example focuses on Rasputin, and how to develop a sense of period for the end of Czarist Russia)
There’s been a few posts from the last couple weeks, on how the implementation of new teaching ideas can be divorced from the original intentions; Mark Enser helps keep us on track by prompting us to think about the ‘why’
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Seeing as I read and lurk around the internet much more than I produce content, might as well make this a regular feature.
- Not a blog post, but I can’t get over this tweet about the everyday applications of ethos, logos and pathos!
- Interesting discussion on the merits of handwriting v. typing in teaching students the craft of writing…
- …and another on the merits of writing and blogging as a teacher
- A few posts on memory: one from Dylan William (read this one, if you read nothing else linked here), one on designing a curriculum to help build memory, and one on a classroom application of spaced repetition (I really like how it demonstrates to the students how this strategy works)
- Read this just for the bit on tepid tea
- The role of teacher-student relationships in teaching, and how to build them
- An extract from Carl Hendrick’s new book
- An argument for checking understanding of content before moving on to more complex questions
- Martin Robinson’s excellent series on curriculum; I eagerly await the next post!
- In time for Halloween, one post on how to write scary monsters, and another listing quirky horror stories (of the latter, I recommend Over the Garden Wall)
- Two from JSTOR Daily, on social media child stars and whether we should read the Bible
- This post on how retrieval practice can support far transfer is a year old, but I only just discovered it now
- And, finally, a caution against rushing to implement new ideas in education
I was absent from the country, and my laptop, for a while, and came back to an RSS feed full of new posts. A delight, but also a lot to get through, especially when the internet is too slow for quick loading and browsing. But, finally, with much delay, here is a round-up of my favourite blog posts from the last few weeks.
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