Developing effective comprehension strategies and skills with Oxford Reading Buddy

Oxford Reading Buddy

Successful comprehension is what allows children to acquire and apply new knowledge, to communicate successfully, and ultimately, to be academically successful. However, good comprehension is more than simply processing single words or sentences; it’s the reader having a coherent understanding of the meaning of the text as a whole. To do this, they need to […]

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What do students know about functions?

First, a bit of theory about learning.  In 1980, Shlomo Vinner, an Israeli mathematics educator, coined the terms ‘concept image’ and ‘concept definition’ to highlight the difference between what students actually know about a concept and the formal meaning of the concept. David Tall, an English mathematician and educator, is credited with promulgating the term […]

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Student presentations: why they’re vital and how to build them into your SoW

Student presenting to class

Some students relish the opportunity to hold forth to a captive audience, whereas others may be more reticent or suffer from serious performance anxiety. Either way, I think all students should be encouraged to give regular presentations in their A Level lessons. Why? Giving presentations is an essential life skill that our students will need […]

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