How to apply research in the classroom

When your usual box of teaching tricks doesn’t work on a particular group of students, it’s time to try something new, says Megan Dixon. Here, she explains how to make evidence-based changes in class – and the best way to measure their impact

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We’ve all been there; you’ve thrown everything at it and nothing seems to be working for this particular class. Somehow, nothing fits and the results are depressing – you are losing the battle. So, what next?

There is a range of options open to teachers at this point. First, you can just ignore the sense of impending doom and plough on in the belief that your students will get there anyway, regardless of what you do. It will work for some – the pupils who would succeed in any situation. But it’s unlikely that a head-in-the-sand approach will encourage learning for the majority.

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