Archive of Previous Topics

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Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, is going on a natural history adventure across the UK. (es) February 2018

Homeschooling – the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century (es) January 2018

The War on Stupid People (es) August 2017

The “secret sauce” behind the world’s most popular online course (es) June 2017

Science classes won’t future-proof our children. But dance might – Christina Patterson (es) April 2017

The importance of creative education: why making is as important as maths, reading and science (es) August 2016 (2017)

Secret Teacher: parents, I wish I could tell you how brilliant your children are (es) July 2016

‘We cannot continue to apply adult amounts of pressure on young people and expect them to cope’ (es) June 2016

Why our children are so bored at school, cannot wait, get easily frustrated and have no real friends? (es) May 2016

Free eBook: 10 Practical Principles For Creating Impactful eLearning (es)

Dear Nicky Morgan: so much for freeing schools from ‘government diktats’ – Michael Rosen “The education system is ‘working’ – in the same way that dying cures illness.” (es) (Richard’s opinion) April 2016

Creating is not just a ‘nice’ activity; it transforms, connects and empowers (es) March 2016

Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego (es) March 2016
(Richard’s opinion)

3 Subjects Schools Should Teach To Improve The World (np)

3 Cool Ways English Evolved in 2015 (es)

10 Strange schools around the world (es)

Our obsession with metrics turns academics into data drones (es)

Classroom technology ‘rarely used’ by half of teachers – Josie Gurney-Read (es) (Richard’s opinion)

What can Google Classroom offer to the world of eLearning? – Christopher Pappas (es)

Ministers consider the return of key stage 1 national tests (es)

California school becomes first to lose chairs for standing desks (es)

The Impact of Technology on Children – Will Hinch (Ebuyer Blog) (es)

‘We’re breeding a generation of spoilt yobs’ – Anthony Seldon, Headmaster (es)

‘Learning neglected in the pursuit of exam success’ – Gopal Krishnamurthy, principal (curriculum) at Brockwood Park School (es)

eLearning Interactivity: The Ultimate Guide For eLearning Professionals (es)

George Monbiot argues that the more time children spend in the classroom, the worse they do at school (np)

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2016 – Jane Hart C4LPT (es)

Effective Motivation (np)

The 3 most common typos people make in online posts and articles (np)

The value of reading (np)

Why Games May Become the Education of the Future / Games boost Learning (es)

What did the teaching unions ever do for us? (np)

Alphabet Jigsaw Mats – a great addition for teaching young children to read. (np)

“Did you know there are 52 letters in the English alphabet?” – Richard Gentle (np)

Digital Literacy (es)

Low-level classroom disruption (es) (Richard’s opinion) (np)

The 3 Rs – ready, respectful and resilient (np)

French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition – and it could change everything! (es)

Gove gone! (More…) (np)

The Science of Attention: An article from informedEd (es) – Source: Open Colleges group (es)

‘Technology addiction’ – how should it be treated?

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals (es) (Richard’s opinion) (np)

Anomalies of English (np)

Transforming Curriculum & Assessment (es)

How To Inspire the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers and Innovators (es)

Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes (np)

Discipline and punishment in our schools (np)

A Master Class in Jazz Performance and Creativity (np)

Social Impact Media Awards 2013 – Future Learning (np)

Failing literacy standards in England, UK – is it any wonder? (np)

Mind Full – A new service for 11-17 year olds, providing support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing (np)

Wakefield Children’s University and Yorkshire Live Music Project (np)

Social Media in the Classroom – advice from Stephen Heppell’s site (es)

In the past… a little history on the IT revolution in education (np)

Educational Fear of Failure Touches Five Decades (np)
A view of some of the issues facing contemporary teaching and learning by Richard Gentle

A personal view on one alternative for future education (np)
The beginning of a vision by Richard Gentle on the direction education could take with the right understanding and leadership.

Why Technology Isn’t The Solution To Better Education (es)
An article by Richard Gentle for the online magazine, The Evolllution.

The Flipped Classroom Will Redefine the Role of Educators (es)
A good article with useful information for all sectors of education

reading with a child the enjoyment of reading

Trubble with Foniks – a personal tirade against stupidity (np)
A personal view by Richard Gentle who taught his daughter to read by age 3 without the use of phonics, based on both personal understanding and the research of a friend who taught English to foreign children in several schools and wrote about her findings – relating to how all children really learn to read.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (np)

Stephen Heppell – Child Led Learning (np)

Mobile Learning (np)