The Importance of Having a Narrative: What’s Your Narrative? | @DrCWebbBAPhD

“I don’t have a narrative at the moment – I feel lost”, said one UK SLT member who had landed herself in a job in a school and team which didn’t fit her values at all. “I’ve got to get my narrative right, then I’ll be fine.” She moved on and seems happier now, but not quite as strong as she used to be before she ‘lost’ her narrative. At least it seems that way to me. Before that she was in a school she loved, with values that matched her own, and a head she loved too. But then things changed, as sadly they can. She wanted a career move, the next rung on the ladder. So, she took the leap. It…

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The School Research Lead and the ‘backfire effect’ – should you be worried? | Gary

One of the challenges faced by school research leads is the need to engage with colleagues who have different views about the role of evidence in bringing about improvement.  Indeed, these different views are not likely to be restricted just to the role of evidence, they are also likely to include differing views about the research evidence itself.  What’s more in a widely cited article (Nyhan & Reifler, 2010) show how  attempts to  correct misconceptions through the use of evidence frequently fail to to reduce the misconceptions held by a target-group.  Indeed, these attempts at…

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One of the things that doesn’t seem to be much discussed when it comes to behaviour in schools is group dynamics within the classroom. I’m not talking you and the kids; I mean the kids and the kids. There’s a heavy emphasis on what a teacher can do to improve an individual’s behaviour (in some quarters there’s a belief that a teacher’s actions are the only thing that affects behaviour but as we all know, the people who subscribe to this are quite…

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The Power of Criticality: Are you using your critical power? | @DrCWebbBAPhD

So you’ve been told to be more critical but you aren’t sure what that means. Maybe your approach has revealed a tendency to just blindly accept sources, ideas, theories and models. Maybe you have just been summarizing what others have said, or been purely descriptive of theories and models. This won’t allow you to make insightful interpretation though, and will restrict how evaluative and innovative you might be in your own work.

In academic writing, and in many other domains, you may need to engage in critical reviewing, usually with a view to identifying areas for improvement or further…

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Thoughts from an academic on the ‘working for free’ debate | @DrCWebbBAPhD

I often see people on Twitter moaning about how cheeky people are to invite them to speak or present and then have the audacity to expect them to do it for free. Well, welcome to the world of academia. I’m not saying it’s right per se, but this has become the way things work since, well, forever.

As an academic/researcher you actually pay to attend conferences and seminars in order to speak and be heard often, never mind do it for free. In order to have a paper accepted at a conference you will often have to have registered and paid first. This assumes you have budget, either coming from…

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Groups | tstarkey1212

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One of the things that doesn’t seem to be much discussed when it comes to behaviour in schools is group dynamics within the classroom. I’m not talking you and the kids; I mean the kids and the kids. There’s a heavy emphasis on what a teacher can do to improve an individual’s behaviour (in some quarters there’s a belief that a teacher’s actions are the only thing that affects behaviour but as we all know, the people who subscribe to this are quite…

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