Done well, assessment can spark the deepest kind of learning. Yet narrow definitions of assessment persist in education. Mara Krechevsky and Tina Blythe explore how Project Zero is reimagining assessment and share examples of assessment practices that foster learning for both students and teachers.
The arts are often placed within a context of supporting other subjects and imbued with myths about how children’s artistry is developed. Ellen Winner outlines some research based approaches to thinking about arts education and assessment.
Harvard’s Project Zero has been at the forefront of education research for more than five decades. Director Daniel Wilson highlights some of its contributions and current lines of research.
Auditory skills are crucial to the development of literacy in young children. Sue Newman shows how a new training programme is showing parents and teachers how to bring music to every day activities for vulnerable young people.
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.
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.
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.
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.” So reads the line from Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet, and as Luke Hollowell-Williams from the Primary Shakespeare Company shows, dramatic methods can help unpack the ‘madness’ and create brilliant young learners.
Games and learning scholar Seann Dikkers sits down with teachers who use Minecraft in their classroom to learn about how innovative teachers think and design.
Early years’ psychologists suggest that children’s self-directed art activities are ‘wasted time’, but Sue Lyle shows how seeing young children as intellectually capable and taking their artistic expression seriously can have a profound impact on their learning experience.
Research shows that auditory processing connects strongly with children’s capacity for learning. Dr Anita Collins explains what exactly this means and how to adapt the sound environment in the classroom
to support students’ development.
Northern Ireland primary teacher Paul Scowcroft explains how he uses films in his classroom to encourage critical thinking skills and win awards.
Although Shakespeare’s language can be difficult, his insights and words still have importance and relevance to today’s students. Through participation in dramatic productions of the Bard, Joanne Skapinker shows how students develop confidence that allows them to succeed in all areas.
Putting students in the frame of mind to overcome the challenges that come with learning maths can go a long way in getting them to stick with it. Alexandra Fitzsimmons and Sarah Punshon explain their innovative approach to getting students primed for maths success.
Creating thoughtful, articulate and knowledgeable students is at the heart of a new initiative to balance out the more narrowly focused A Level curriculum. Head Teacher Roland Martin outlines his Free Minds programme.