Is love the most important thing? | David Didau

Is love the most important thing? | David Didau

Yesterday, I wrote a post explaining that important as the quality of teaching in a school is, there are other, more important things on which to concentrate. In response, Katharine Birbalsingh, head mistress of Michaela School tweeted this: I agree with lots of this but @DavidDidau misses a, if not THE most important thing: kids

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Teaching matters, but there are more important things to get right | David Didau

Teaching matters, but there are more important things to get right | David Didau

As John Tomsett says in his latest blog, “It is generally accepted that the quality of teaching is the most influential factor in determining the rate at which pupils make progress in their learning – broadly speaking, the better the teaching, the more progress pupils make over time.” Here, I want to argue that teaching,

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A broad and balanced approach to English teaching and the curriculum | David Didau

A broad and balanced approach to English teaching and the curriculum | David Didau

Having launched a stream of invective against the use of ‘balance’ as a weasel word in my last post, I want to offer a more nuanced take on what I think balance ought to mean. I see the purpose of a curriculum as being to introduce students to that knowledge which will be of most

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When “balance” goes bad | David Didau

When “balance” goes bad | David Didau

Balance is an obviously good thing, isn’t it? After all, who wants to be unbalanced? “What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution, in a demonstration?” asked the mathematician Henri Poincaré. “It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that

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Are the new GCSE exams causing mental health problems? | David Didau

Are the new GCSE exams causing mental health problems? | David Didau

Sitting an exam is, for most people, an inherently stressful situation. People have been sitting exams since at least the Sui dynasty in China (581-618 CE) when prospective entrants to the Imperial civil service took a series of examinations of their knowledge of classic Confucian texts and commentaries. Those who passed the imperial palace examinations at

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Teaching knowledge is teaching skill | David Didau

Teaching knowledge is teaching skill | David Didau

We can call everything stored in our long-term memories knowledge. All knowledge is biological – stored in the organic substance of our brains – and everything stored biologically is knowledge. If you call some of the stuff that occupies our minds anything other than knowledge then you have to explain how it would be stored.

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The trouble with troublesome knowledge | David Didau

The trouble with troublesome knowledge | David Didau

A recent blog post made some interesting assertions about knowledge. In doing so it presented a series of opinions as facts. That is not a criticism – we all have a tendency to do this. But in order to confront the troublesome nature of knowledge we should address these claims head on and so to

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