Classroom practice – Master the mysterious art of explanation – news – TES

How can you tell if students have grasped a concept? Ask them to show knowledge of ‘deep structures’ and all will become clear

Explanation is at the heart of what we teachers do – look up the definition of “to teach” on any search engine or in any dictionary and “explain” will be at the forefront of every listing.

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Motivation: Cause and Effect

In a recent piece for the TES magazine, I discussed motivation. I drew an example from my own experience regarding cryptic crosswords: I have little ability at solving such crosswords and I am not motivated to do so whereas I have friends who enjoy solving cryptic crosswords and are good at it.

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Classroom Practice – Create waves of learning – news – TES

The key to motivation lies in breaking down large tasks and mastering the basics before moving on to higher-level activities

If good teaching rests somewhere between a quantifiable science and an idiosyncratic art, then the strategies that we use to motivate students reside more at the arty end of the spectrum.

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