Educational Excesses

  • #UKEdChat session 598
  • What teachers think is most important in education can differ greatly
  • Thinking about the essentials can help teachers streamline what they do.
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Much of the teaching day to day activities are essential to the smooth running of the classroom and to the progression of our learners. Yet there are many parts of the job which seem unnecessary, redundant, or do not help learners move forward.

Naturally, opinions will differ. Some teachers may think that with just talk, chalk and a blackboard they can teach everything. Others will draw upon a range of schemes, resources and activities to push their learners forward. There is no right or wrong. But such a review of the essentials allows us to focus on those things and cut away the excess.

Because there is a difference between teachers, a certain amount of negotiation may be needed when working with colleagues and deciding what is important to the group. This may include very different attitudes to paperwork, planning and communication.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 21st April 2022 at 8pm(UK), we discussed what is essential to the teaching process, and what is either added bonuses or unwanted distractions.


  1. What is the bare minimum you need to teach effectively?
  2. What are the ‘nice to haves’ in education, but are not strictly necessary to teaching?
  3. What aspect of teaching and school life are surplus to requirements and do not add to learning?
  4. What one thing would you cut from your daily routine, which you feel does not add to teaching and learning?
  5. Perhaps controversial, but what would cut from the curriculum if you could?
  6. How can you work well with colleagues when what you consider important in teaching differs?
  7. What can you simply not have enough of in education and teaching?
  8. What is the minimum that learners need to bring to your lessons?

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