‘Snowballing’ as a Method for Finding Research Sources
This is the conclusion of a three-part series on helping students tackle long-term, independent learning projects at Sixth Form level. In this article Andrew Shenton and Melanie Wood expand on the processes involved in ‘snowball sampling’ to provide students with tools to search for and locate reliable and relevant sources.
Learning by Doing: The Power of Immersive Learning Experiences
Not all of the most powerful learning situations are in the classroom. Here Shawn McCusker looks at examples of situated learning and how to provide students with deep learning experiences.
Getting Keyed up for Thinking
Giving students tools that unlock critical and creative thinking can help them develop thinking skills and embed their learning more deeply. Hanna Miller shows how Thinker’s Keys provide a great framework for motivating students and supporting learning objectives.
Fables that Enable Exploring Values with Aesop
Literature can be a great way to discuss values and to think about different ways people behave. Jeffrey Pflaum updates some of the Aesop’s Fables as a basis for exploring morals and developing emotional intelligence.
Improving Inclusivity on the GCSE Literature Syllabus
In response to students’ concerns about the lack of inclusion of women and BAME writers at GCSE level, one exam board has taken steps to update their syllabus. Katy Lewis, Head of English, Drama and Languages at Pearson, discusses the move to add a more diverse set of texts to the English GCSE Literature syllabus.
From Superficiality to Well-Reasoned Arguments: Learning to Explain
Students who can explain their ideas have a much more powerful ability to reason and argue a point, but how do you teach someone how to become a better explainer? Chris Curtis highlights some ways his school has leveraged writing and oracy tasks to increase the complexity of their writing.
Stimulating Creative Writing Using Found Objects
Author Kate Wiseman finds all sorts of scope for the imagination in objects she finds mudlarking on the Thames. Here she shares her approach for inspiring high school students to infuse their fiction writing with curiosity and historical-based speculation.
PISA Rankings Show There is Still Work to Be Done
With the release of the latest PISA education rankings, countries all over the world are comparing their education systems to each other, some patting themselves on the back for their great maths results and improved reading scores, and others working hard to defend themselves against accusations of poor performance, usually justified by citing the differences […]