Why Pop Culture needs to be a part of STEM Education
Bringing Zombies, Harry Potter and Disney fairy tales into the classroom is a great way of sparking imagination and allowing children to find meaning in STEM activities. Edward Kang and Amy Schwartzbach-Kang share how their work is inspiring children to love learning about science and maths.
SOLO Taxonomy for Deepening the Learning Journey
Creating a sustainable depth of knowledge in students is an ongoing challenge in education. Heather Clements highlights the benefits of using a structure of observed learning outcomes (SOLO) to help students progress with an increased level of complexity and cognitive challenges.
Running with the Ball Improving Literacy through Sport
Being able to read, write and speak well underpins a child’s chances of success at school, at work and in life. But how do we begin to inspire children to pick up a book or a pen when it is often the last thing they want to do? Jim Sells from the National Literacy Trust shares some ideas and resources for connecting reading to sport for motivating students.
Composing Coherently Inspiring Independence in Writing
In our ongoing series discussing the new national curriculum, our English expert, Wendy Morton discusses some of the aspects of the writing composition requirements for the Key Stage 1 & 2 English curriculum.
Valuing the Art of Handwriting
Teaching students to write by hand is about much more than developing fine motor skills. Dr Jane Medwell shows how handwriting helps students to tap into their creativity and develop self-expression.
‘Tuning in’ to the Inner Process of Reading
Vocabulary, word recognition and reading fluency are important skills for reading, but they don’t cover the whole picture. Jeffrey Pflaum shares ideas for helping students understand the process of reading silently and visualising what they read.
Thriving Through Competitive Gaming
Through a new initiative in California, students can pursue their love of competitive gaming while developing career skills and fulfilling curriculum requirements. Professor Constance Steinkuehler explains this new form of connected learning.
Popular Culture Online
Keep students entertained and engaged with these websites and online resources that connect learning to popular culture. From memes to movies we’ve got you covered.
Time to Reimagine Assessment
Editorial for CTL 8.2/3. Creativity should be at the heart of assessment as well as education.
Framing Learning as a Social Endeavour
Student-led collaboration can bring out the individual gifts of students as they develop within a community. Julie Rains shows how group learning and reflection can make students feel successful as active participants in their own learning.