Treasures Old and New

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Sharing the treasures of educational research 

As teachers, we owe it to our students to employ methods that have the evidence to back them up. When we utilise ineffective practices, we are robbing children of their potential. I am continually faced with the results: students who arrive at secondary school unable to read, solely because of the quality of the instruction that they have received. Ineffective practices such as Brain Gym® have prospered because of the naivety of parts of the teaching profession.

It has been encouraging to see the growth of a movement such as Research Ed recently. It shows that there are teachers who want to know more about what really works. While, at last year’s conference in London, we were rightly cautioned against putting too much faith in educational research, there is in fact excellent, replicated, generalisable research that can be applied in practical ways to the…

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