For too long, schools have been victims of ideas that do not work: Brain Gym, Learning Styles, The Cone of Experience, etc. Now we are told that research has the answers.
This course will help you to understand how to use research well, and how to avoid the major pitfalls. Based on nine collaborative research projects with 153 teachers and school leaders in 85 schools and colleges, this course provides detailed examples of how teachers and school leaders actually use research to improve their schools. It covers key topics including how to access research, building a research-informed culture, Teacher Research, using data, navigating social media and blogs, and how to overcome common obstacles to research use. Above all, it is about teaching and learning, and how this looks in the classroom
Make better decisions about major innovations without wasting time
Developing your teachers' mindsets, making them more self-critical, willing to experiment and understanding of evidence
Developing your school as a thinking school, stimulating informed discussions amongst staff
Developing your CPD so that it leads to sustained improvement
Learn how to avoid wrongly interpreting research and applying it inappropriately; to the wrong students, in the wrong situations in the wrong way
Don’t let research push you into practices that you fundamentally disagree with
DATA … how to get it right!
Understand how research can lead to a ‘pedagogy police’ where evidence is pre-selected to validate existing ideas
Embrace what really works, and seek cutting-edge improvements
Ensure that evidence-based practice becomes a classroom reality
Forge ahead and build upon existing evidence
Don’t forget, superb new ideas are not proven … yet
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“Outstanding subject knowledge from Tim - he really knows his stuff! This has been one of the best courses I have ever been on and I have so much to think about and bring back to school.”Head of Department , Woldingham School