Andrew Old

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 25 June 2018

    Our reviewer of the week is Andrew Old, a teacher and blogger   The stench of failure and the sweet aroma of success @Xris32 The author of this post argues that we talk about teaching as if it isn’t natural for everyone to make mistakes. He calls this “the perfection problem” and identifies mistakes as

    5.00 Jul. 1st, 2018 | Reviews

  • Top blogs of the week 21 May 2018

    Reviewer Andrew Old shares his top education blogs this week Annoying things controlling schools still do that have no basis in evidence @teacherhead As the title suggests, this post looks at what schools do even when there is no reason to believe they will help. This includes grading individual lessons, writing target grades on books

    5.00 May. 27th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 23 April 2018

    Blog reviewer Andrew Old shares his top edu-blogs this week   Step by step: Breaking learning down using behavioural psychology By @HFletcherWood In this post, my fellow Schools Week blog reviewer Harry Fletcher-Wood explains that if you are stuck up a climbing wall, you don’t need encouragement, you need step-by-step advice on where to put

    5.00 Apr. 29th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 12 March 2018

    Blog reviewer Andrew Old shares his top edu-blogs this week   How is the evidence revolution going? Some reflections on 4 years of researchED @tombennett71 Four years ago, a teacher named Tom Bennett started the researchED movement: a series of conferences enabling teachers and researchers to discuss the evidence base for the teaching profession. Here

    5.00 Mar. 18th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 5 February 2018

    Blog reviewer Andrew Old shares his top picks from the edu-blogosphere this week   MFL could easily become the preserve of independent schools – despite the Ebacc @thefish64 A teacher of languages notes a decline in the uptake of languages and suggests that the problem is Progress 8. He argues that this is because the

    5.00 Feb. 11th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 8 January 2018

    Reviewer Andrew Old shares his top picks from the edu-blogosphere this week   Drama in decline @Trivium21c I’m quite used to hearing from teachers of subjects such as drama why their subject is important. This post makes that case, but spends most of the time explaining why it’s not for the reasons you might think.

    5.00 Jan. 14th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 13 November 2017

    Blog reviewer Andrew Old shares his top picks this week   What can ‘iballisticsquid’ tell us about teaching writing? @HeatherBellaF Should feedback be specific to the task at hand or general so that it can be used on other work in the future? Heather Fearn takes inspiration from how her son learns to play computer

    5.00 Nov. 19th, 2017 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 9 October 2017

    Reviewer Andrew Old shares his top picks from the edu-blogosphere this week   The problems with grade forecasting @AnthonyRadice1 This post makes an interesting argument against forecasting grades. Rather than focusing on the usual criticisms about accuracy and the danger of lowering expectations, the author points out that the activities that lead to the most

    5.00 Oct. 15th, 2017 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 11 September 2017

    Blog reviewer Andrew Old, shares his top picks from the edu-blogosphere this week Four things PISA tells us about after-school learning By @edudatalab Researcher John Jerrim looks at the PISA data concerning the amount of time students spend on learning after school. It turns out that social class affects the type of learning in several

    5.00 Sep. 17th, 2017 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 12 June 2017

    Guest reviewer Andrew Old shares his top edu-blog picks from this week.   Citizenship By @grumpyteacher17 This post addresses the question of whether citizenship should be mandatory in schools. The author starts from the position of being a hesitant “no”, fearing that he might have to teach it and that it would take away curriculum

    5.00 Jun. 18th, 2017 | Reviews

  • Andrew Old's top blogs of the week 8 May 2017

    Guest reviewer Andrew Old shares his top picks from the edu-blogosphere this week   CPD: goodbye and good riddance (part one) By @EnserMark Mark Enser describes the INSET he has experienced in his career and observes how money spent on outside speakers and training was often wasted. Some CPD was utter nonsense; some was just

    5.00 May. 14th, 2017 | Reviews