David Didau

Author & consultant
Speaking at

Session

How to get the best out of teachers

Do teachers thrive most when given trust or when held to account? This session explores how a judicious balance of both can achieve the best results

Bio

David taught in English schools for 15 years before becoming a full time writer, speaker and consultant. His blog, The Learning Spy, is one of the most influential education blogs in the U.K.

Twitter: @DavidDidau

Website: www.learningspy.co.uk

Archive

Scandinavia 2018

What if everything you knew about mindsets & resilience was wrong?

A critique of popular conceptions of growth mindset and resilience, and how school based intervention programmes might be causing more problems than they’re solving.

National Conference 2018

Making Kids Cleverer

An explanation of
– why intelligence matters
– how we can increase children’s intelligence
– what schools need to do

Scandinavia 2017

What teachers need to know about memory
An explanation of the science of long term and working memory and its implications for the classroom.

English & MFL 2017

The importance of reading fluency

An exploration of why reading fluency plays such an important part in determining students’ likely success, some thoughts on what might prevent students from achieving fluency and a few ideas on what to to about this problem.

Amsterdam 2017

Poor Proxies for Learning: Looking good isn’t the same as being good

Most teachers reckon they know learning when they see it. Trouble is, learning is invisible. All we see are proxies and much of what children do in lessons are poor proxies for learning. This session explores why much of what is commonly enacted in classrooms can, contrary to our intuitions, actually end up undermining learning, and offers some ideas for designing teaching sequences around better proxies.

Washington DC 2016

Poor Proxies for Learning: Looking good isn’t the same as being good

Most teachers reckon they know learning when they see it. Trouble is, learning is invisible. All we see are proxies and much of what children do in lessons are poor proxies for learning. This session explores why much of what is commonly enacted in classrooms can, contrary to our intuitions, actually end up undermining learning, and offers some ideas for designing teaching sequences around better proxies.

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National Conference 2016

The Trouble with Transfer – Can we get students to transfer learning between contexts? A review of the evidence and some practical classroom applications.

Blog post on The Learning Spy

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