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Michelle Obama and the Mulberry Girls
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I think this is one of the biggest challenges for teachers – for all of the guidance about speaking as little as possible in the classroom, sometimes there's not much option...

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How to Speak so that People Want to Listen
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Ask any teacher if they've had a stressful week and the answer will almost always be "Yes!" But can stress actually be our friend?Watch this 15 min TED talk from...

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Making Stress your Friend
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I'm not quite sure yet what I think of this TED talk, but it's worth a watch - Reshma Saujani argues that we are teaching girls to be perfect when...

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Teaching girls to be brave not perfect
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Yet another super TED talk - this time on the surprising habits of original thinkers, and why failure is actually a key ingredient for success.

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The habits of original thinkers
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I've just been reminder about the pecha-kucha (Japanese for chatter) PowerPoint presentation, which is a method of putting together presentations consisting of 20 slides that appear for no more than 20 seconds...

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What is a pecha-kucha presentation?
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I love this TED talk on procrastination (particularly useful perhaps at this time of year with students trying to revise and teachers with lots of past papers to mark!) -...

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Advice on procrastination
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The TeenSleep study will be the largest study ever carried out into the nature and importance of sleep for teenagers. In particular, this Oxford University study will be exploring the...

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How much sleep do teenagers need?
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This animated 15 minute video from the RSA is based on a talk by creative education guru Sir Ken Robinson, and it outlines the changing nature of education.

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The changing education paradigm
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I think this short, 8 minute TED talk by Rita Pierson is well worth a watch. In her words, it provides a rousing call to educators to believe in their students...

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Every kid needs a champion
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Keith Hughes, the enthusiastic and flamboyant YouTube teaching sensation, has put together a short "how to" guide on making your own video lecture for students so that you can flip...

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How to make a video lecture
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I've increasingly noticed that a teacher's body language can really impact on the quality of lessons that I have observed. I remember picking up tips from my training mentor years...

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How your body language affects your confidence
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With 1 in 12 young people deliberately self-harming at some point, there are 150,000 hospital attendances annually for self-harm related issues.

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Self-Injury Awareness Day: March 1st
22nd February 2016

What is flow?

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There is a psychological state called flow, or "the zone", in which a person becomes completely immersed in their activity or task, and feels a great sense of happiness and...

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What is flow?
10th February 2016

Your Life Relived - in Chunks

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This thought-provoking four-minute video from National Geographic would make for an interest lesson resource during tutor or form time.

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Your Life Relived - in Chunks
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If you didn't spot it over the weekend, here are two links showing the comments about the state school sector from the owner of the Good School Guide...

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State schools are getting better - says owner of The Good School Guide
5th February 2016

Do schools kill creativity?

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I'm a big fan of Sir Ken Robinson's work - his book "Finding your Element" is an easy read and pretty inspirational - but if you haven't quite got time...

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Do schools kill creativity?

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