In a child’s early years their brain is making more than a million new connections every second. It’s an essential time for learning. For primary teachers especially, but also fascinating for anyone with an interest in how the brain works.
Last week’s Early Development chat featured conversations about bilingualism, students’ motivations to read, reading and typing on a screen compared to paper, and the Montessori approach to teaching maths. Read the chat transcript here.
In the News:
- Ofsted’s call for more teaching in reception year prompts backlash – The Guardian 16/1/18
- Proposed tests for reception children ‘verging on the immoral’ – The Guardian 16/1/18
In the Learning Zone:
Researcher Liz Toomarian wants to know more about where teachers get research. Please let her know how you go about learning more about learning. Or is research too inaccessible?
The most popular question this week has been about the use of mobile phones. Most research mentioned seems to indicate banning phones in schools might improve performance. Divided attention anyone? What are your views? Is banning an option?
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