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What were the best education blog posts of 2017?


2017: The year in education blog posts.

2017 was a big year for Cambridge Assessment International Education. We underwent a major rebrand to reflect our broad offering of education services. Our students continued to achieve incredible results.  In the U.S. we saw an increased recognition of the transformative effect our qualifications can have on raising standards in schools.

It was also a big year for education blogs – both our own and others.

2017 was the Cambridge International blog’s most successful in terms of visitors.

We had some outstanding informative and insightful articles written by both our expert staff and some excellent outside contributors.

We’d like to celebrate this year by giving you a round-up of the top education blog posts we published this year.

We’ll also look at some of our favourites from across the educational blogosphere!

Cambridge International’s Top 5 blog posts of 2017


Empowering students: Safely using the internet for learning

Claudia Bickford-Smith’s explored how Cambridge’s curricula and resources support learners’ understanding of digital technologies offered an invaluable overview of digital learning strategies.

Putting practical science back in the classroom with Resource Plus

The importance of practical science lessons gained wider attention in 2017.Carl Saxton wrote on the exciting work his team have done in developing the Resource Plus range of resources.
Resources developed to support the delivery of practical lessons for three of our Cambridge IGCSE science syllabuses: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Helicopter Parents – what can schools do?

International speaker and author Nicola Morgan’s sensitive and thoughtful exploration of the phenomenon of ‘helicopter parents’ was eye-opening for both teachers and parents alike.
Offering practical advice on how to step back and allow your children to learn for themselves it was one of our most powerful and popular education blog posts in 2017.

Introducing ‘Approaches to Learning and Teaching’

In November Head of Teaching & Learning Strategy Paul Ellis walked us through the development of our highly anticipated new series of books ‘Approaches to Learning and Teaching’.
We were overwhelmed by the response we received from teachers eager to find out more about the time-saving lesson ideas and practical strategies offered by the range of subject-specific books.

Tips for effective exam preparation

Wildy popular with both learners and teachers alike Anna Smith’s article highlighted effective tips for exam preparation. Coming out just in time for our candidates taking the June series earlier this year it again proved highly useful for those taking their exams in November.
We predict it will remain highly relevant for learners in 2018!


And finally, a few of our favourite blogs from around the world…

Thinking Mathematically is written by Ontario based mathematician Mark Chubb and is full of engaging lesson ideas and insightful questions for maths teachers to explore.

MindShift is a regularly updated blog promoting growth mindset and a whole range of other interesting teaching strategies.

The Emotional Learner by Marc Smith covers how psychology can be applied in the classroom and has some great activities you can use in a range of different lessons.

Cool Cat Teacher has a great range of resources and teacher friendly podcasts created by inspiring educator Vicki Davis.

Who have we left out? We’d love to hear about the best education blog posts you’ve read this year – tell us in the comments below!

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