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My year as Research Lead

17 July 2018

At the end of this academic year I leave for pastures new. However, I didn’t want to go without summarising my key findings of my short stint as research lead. It has been a real eye-opener, both in terms of the research itself but also with regards to how it is received in schools.

So here’s my top 3 takeaways:  […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 17 July 2018
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What learning French has taught me about teaching

4 March 2018

Almost 13 years later, and in the euphoria that the Christmas Holidays and sense of fresh start that New Year brings, I decided to retackle some French. My partner is very good at French, and so when we’ve visited the country I have been heavily reliant upon his ability to speak it almost fluently, with my occasional delight at recognising ‘Sortie’ on a sign and proudly proclaiming ‘that means exit.’ Having realised that our holidays will involve a lot of seeing France in 2018, being the proud woman I am, I decided that I didn’t want to just rely upon my other half’s knowledge of French whilst there, and that I wanted to be able to do some of it myself. Having a C grade, how hard can it be? I naïvely thought. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 4 March 2018
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“What does this look like in the classroom?” by Carl Hendrick and Robin MacPherson (a book review)

27 October 2017

I’ve had the book for a week now, and have read it twice already. This is one of the book’s key strengths – it is incredibly accessible and provides insights for teachers no matter their ‘research literacy.’ For those brand new to research the book introduces some key issues that all teachers should be aware of, such as the impact of cognitive science on how children learn, and how to use research on assessment and marking to lower work load. For those more familiar with some key areas of research, the book expands on these areas further as well as introducing some new areas to be aware of. Personally I feel relatively research literate and yet still found the book incredibly insightful. […]

Posted on: 27 October 2017
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Dual Coding- what, why and how.

16 October 2017

Many may consider it to be a new term to describe an old technique, but dual coding is the combination of visuals and words in the classroom to aid learning. It has garnered attention since the Learning Scientists named it one of their six strategies for effective learning. It is argued that a combination of auditory and visual aids increases both retention and recall amongst students. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 16 October 2017
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