Oracy APPG – Speak For Change Interim Inquiry December 2020

The Oracy APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) exists to co-ordinate research, promote best practice and encourage the overarching principles of Oracy in education and society at large. Oracy is where learning totalk meets learning through talk. The APPG is supported by members of the Oracy Network, including Noisy Classroom. Earlier this month, the Oracy APPG …

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Debating Private Tuition

As a child, I can remember vividly my Mother’s ‘private tuition set-up’. A maths teacher at the local high school, she supplemented her income for many years by giving private tuition in the evenings. Most weeknights, students (sometimes three or four in an evening) would make their way down the hallway, through our dining room, …

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Why is it So Important to #KeepKidsTalking as Lockdown Eases?

Over recent weeks and months, Noisy Classroom has shared games, talking points and resources to help parents #KeepKidsTalking during lockdown and beyond. These activities are designed to encourage family conversation and discussion, as well as to inspire critical thinking and talking – these crucial skills can all too often be overlooked in favour of more …

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Alison’s first blog!

“Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.” Jesse Jackson    18 months ago, I was asked to write a guest blog for Noisy Classroom about audibility; it’s all very well helping students to find their voice but making sure that their voices can be heard can be another challenge entirely! …

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Philosophy and Debate

This week I have been in Utrecht, working with debate experts and philosophy teachers from across Europe on a new Erasmus funded project. The project’s dual aims are to support philosophy teachers to use debate in the classroom and also to support debate coaches to use philosophy in their debate training. It was both valuable …

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Geography and Oracy

Following on from Debbie’s post about History and Debating, I’ve been thinking about oracy can be the key to a productive and engaging Geography classroom.  What are we asking from students in Geography classrooms, especially when looking at Human Geography? What is Geography? Perhaps it is fortune-telling:  “Geography blended with time equals destiny”  Jospeh Brodsky …

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