9th December 2017 | Adam Creen

Last night we made the mistake of watching For Your Eyes Only, possibly the worst Bond film ever. Apart from a stellar cheesy theme song, everything about the film is unlikeable. And Roger Moore is old, creepy, and definitely should have been moving on to his post-Bond “ironic guest star” phase by then.

Which just goes to show that this piano book’s title isn’t necessarily true …

Another person who didn’t find the role easy to play was Adam’s favourite Bond, George Lazenby. Australian by birth, his performance in “On His Majesty’s Secret Service” divided fans, and he never starred in a…

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Don’t let phonics denialists move the goal posts after PIRLS 2016 | teachingbattleground

The difference between scepticism and denialism is that sceptics can identify what evidence would persuade them and then change their position when they have it. Denialists will move the goalposts, acting as if the evidence has no consequences for their arguments. When dealing with denialists you have to constantly remind them of their own arguments otherwise they will simply move on.

The recent PIRLS results, that assessed reading in “4th grade” in 61 countries, and allowed for comparisons between countries and with previous scores was a perfect example of this. This was the first PIRLS…

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KS3 Assessment: Performance, Practice and Pole Vaulting | themannster

Reflections on schools, teaching and education.

Two years ago as an Assistant Principal in a London school I was asked by the head to provide a solution to ‘life after levels’.  I’m not very proud of what I came up with.  I suggested that we could pull down the new 1-9 GCSE grades into Key Stage 3, so that students are judged on the same criteria from the moment they walk through the school gates in Year 7 until the day they collect their final grades in Year 11.

I now see that my ‘solution’ contained all the flaws of levels with none of the benefits – at least levels were broadly…

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equable trapeziums and right angled triangles | don steward

beginning to appreciate that all tangential polygons with an incircle radius = 2 are equable

set A = P and solve the equation
ignore the heights from the previous task

work out the missing lengths using the tangents to circle property
the expressions need to be simplified
the area of the triangles adds up to the area of the entire shape

not involving pythagoras

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equable orthogonal hexagons | don steward

an ‘equable’ shape has the same value for the perimeter as the value for the area
this work can involve setting up and solving linear equations and forming linear relationships
and generalisations that can be proved

an orthogonal polygon just has right angles and 270 degree angles (that I call left angles) inside it
[sometimes these are called ‘rectilinear polygons’
but ‘rectilinear’ seems to mean ‘bounded by straight lines’ rather than involving multiples of 90 angles]

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