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Impact on learning and Musk

May 2, 2022


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The Atlas Obscura

Standing on Beechey island, a peninsula off Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, are four lonely graves: three members of an ill-fated expedition to the Northwest Passage, and one of the men who went looking for them.
In 1845, Sir John Franklin led an expedition to find the Northwest Passage, a direct route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean across the arctic, on two ships that were called “unstoppable” at the time. They were stopped, though the exact circumstances remain murky.
The story of the graves is chronicled on the Atlas Obscura Podcast, a short, daily celebration of the world’s strange and wondrous places. The podcast has a mission similar to 99pi, which is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the world. Today we’re featuring two stories from the show.
The second story visits the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, which bills itself as “the nation’s only retailer of lost luggage.” If you’ve ever lost a bag during air travel, it probably wound up there, along with many other treasures and oddities.

April 29, 2022


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Classroom Management

Classroom management is a key component of great teaching. Great teachers manage the classroom to maximize opportunity to learn, and no model of great teaching could be complete without classroom management. Managing the behavior and activities of a class of students is a huge part of what teachers do.
Classroom management and culture is multifaceted. In this episode of the Evidence Based Education podcast, we explore just a few factors and ideas that can help teachers consider and manage behavior in their classroom.
In this episode:

  • Professor Rob Coe talks about the importance of classroom management for ‘maximising opportunity to learn’ – Dimension 3 of the Model for Great Teaching.
  • Dr Alicia Chodkiewicz suggests we move away from framing behaviour as good or bad.
  • David Didau reflects on social norms as an influencer of behaviour
  • Tom Bennett on routines as building blocks of the classroom culture and how teachers explicitly teach routines, and the use of scripts to manage potentially disruptive incidents.

The classroom management ideas and approaches explored in this podcast are a few of the many that feature in the  Great Teaching Toolkit courses; the Behaviour and Culture Programme (for middle and senior Leaders) and Maximising Opportunity to Learn (for classroom teachers).


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Teacher collaboration

This podcast is the fourth installment in our miniseries on teacher collaboration, in partnership with Dulwich College International. Over what has possibly been the most challenging year ever, we’ve followed the journey of teachers and leaders as they seek to enhance collaboration across their family of schools, against the backdrop of a global pandemic! In this episode, we return to the people responsible for coordinating subject and specialist groups to find out what they got up to. Hear about the challenges, the successes and their advice for building and running a collaboration group.


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Back to school with David Didau

After an eight-year break, David Didau has returned to the classroom as an English teacher. Over the last eight years he has spent a significant amount of time reading and thinking about teaching and learning, written books on the topic and delivered training to thousands of teachers around the world.
Our Director of Chatting, Jamie Scott, spoke to David to find out about his return to the classroom.

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18 Reasons We Are Fools, According to Our Girlfriends

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6 of the Biggest Lessons We Learned in College

Skillshare: with thousands of courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. You can also get started with 2 free months of unlimited learning (including Thomas’ new Habit-Building class!) at https://www.skillshare.com/geek.

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How to Be Prepared for a New Semester or School Year

A new semester means a fresh start. But even the best intentions can be wasted if you aren’t careful. In this episode, we’re giving actionable tips to help you start the new semester off on the right foot.