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The best teachers and leaders tend to think 'upstream'.
What do I mean by that? Here's what you need to know:
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) September 25, 2022
I've been thinking hard about the science of learning for the last 15 years.
Here are 5 big ideas that every teacher should know, and how they hang together.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) September 19, 2022
Over the last 12 months I've devoured hundreds of cracking edutwitter threads.
To ease you into the new term, here's 40 of the finest:
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) September 3, 2022
Teaching that improves achievement tends to lower enjoyment (and vice-versa), except for:
→ Hands-on participation, physical movement, or peer interaction
→ Communicating behaviour expectations & establishing routines
Here's what you need to know about this new study 🎓
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) July 24, 2022
The best thing we can do to foster pupil success is to teach well. However, it's not the only thing…
It can also be helpful to 'frame success'
A thread on what framing success is, why it's important, and how to do it well
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) July 17, 2022
Choice can be motivating. But in the context of school, it may be better to focus on building 'buy-in'.
Here's why, and how:
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) June 12, 2022
A thread on teacher practise *outside* the classroom: why it's such an important part of PD, and how we can do it well.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) May 8, 2022
You might have heard that instructional coaching is one of the most powerful forms of PD for teachers.
But what exactly is it? Here's my perspective on the fundamentals.
(with some bonus dodgy drawings) pic.twitter.com/Ax53p8Bh3z
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) May 1, 2022
.@DixonsAcademies are currently codifying their approach in a series of free videos
→ Powerful insights around building culture
→ Sweet blend of evidence + expertise
→ Typical Dixons humility
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) April 24, 2022
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) April 8, 2022
Over the last 10 years, I've had the honour of learning from some incredible teacher educators.
One of the things they tend to double down on is effective 'modelling'.
Here's what modelling is, why it's so powerful for PD, and how to do it well:
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) April 3, 2022
🎓 A new review by some of the biggest hitters in educational research identifies 6 common misconceptions about PD.
Most teacher educators will be familiar with these, but here's a quick summary just in case.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) March 20, 2022
Problem → Sometimes it can be helpful to put prompts/information on lesson slides to support our teaching, but this stuff doesn't always support pupil learning.
Solution → TeacherGlasses™ 🤓
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) March 14, 2022
In a typical lesson, vast amounts of information move back and forth in myriad forms. These 'modes' of communication place different demands on our limited cognitive capacity, ultimately shaping what our pupils think about.
How we communicate influences what gets learnt.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) February 20, 2022
Attention is a finite commodity.
In any lesson, the more attention consumed by distraction, the less remains available for learning.
First, minimise distraction.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) February 6, 2022
*Essential* reading for teacher educators.
This 2021 study by @EmilyHanno offers some of the most nuanced insights yet on the various impacts of teacher coaching.
Let's walk through the findings…
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) January 26, 2022
Habits enable effective teaching. But they also inhibit professional development.
This is what Feldon calls the 'double-edged sword of automaticity'.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) June 7, 2022
Classroom teaching is one of the hardest tasks ever devised. Compared to brain surgery, it's a breeze.
Yet many people think it's easy.
This is the 'paradox of teacher expertise'.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) January 16, 2022
Why is teaching so hard to master?
Several reasons. But one biggie is the noisy relationship between teaching and learning.
Aka the 'low-fidelity feedback loop'.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) January 9, 2022
How does classroom success influence motivation for learning, and what can we do about it?
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) October 31, 2021
It can be useful for teachers to have a mental model of the main processes involved in learning.
Here's mine (thread):
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) October 25, 2021
For folks who can't make my #rEDSurrey21 presentation on developing expert teaching, here's a short summary:
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) October 16, 2021
Today, the EEF released a systematic review which challenges the way we think about effective Professional Development (PD).
A thread on my interpretation of what they found and why it's important.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) October 8, 2021
A short thread on one of the most critical concepts in planning for learning:
→ Backwards design pic.twitter.com/jVxxCBsads
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) October 3, 2021
A short thread on *trust* in the classroom: why we need it and how teachers can build it.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) September 26, 2021
Norms influence learning, motivation and behaviour. However, the strength of this effect depends on how much we feel part of the group.
→ Norms are mediated by belonging.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) September 12, 2021
We are heavily influenced by the behaviour and attitudes of others. The effect is particularly powerful when a large proportion of a group act in a similar way.
→ These unwritten rules of conduct are known as 'norms' and they play a HUGE role in school.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) August 8, 2021
Two things often overlooked when establishing routines:
1. Design of the cue
2. Effort of the initial action
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) July 25, 2021
Routines can be powerful tools for learning. However, they often fail at launch because we try to achieve too much too quickly.
→ Increase the chances of routines getting into orbit by focussing on consistency first, then ramping up the level of challenge.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) July 18, 2021
Routines offer serious value for learning.
However, they take time and effort to establish, and often come with an initial dip in performance. During this phase, it can be tempting to give up.
→ This is what @JamesClear calls the 'Valley of Latent Potential'.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) July 11, 2021
Routines redeploy attention
→ They enable students to spend less time thinking about the *process* of their learning and more time thinking about the *content* of their learning.
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) July 4, 2021
*Essential* idea for teacher educators:
The 'Optimal Adaptability Corridor' → what it is, and why it's useful
🧵A thread… pic.twitter.com/QGHk8J4SGT
— Peps 🎓 (@PepsMccrea) May 23, 2021
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