Ed-Tech · Progressivism · Teaching and Learning

On “powerful” progressive teaching: using ed-tech and storyboarding to secure key concepts

In the last blog I discussed creating the discourse of a subject. This is based upon infusing the discourse of the everyday with “powerful” concepts in order to construct pedagogic discourse. Story boarding is a teaching approach I use a lot particularly if the concepts are abstract and relatively complex. Constructivism seems to be constantly under fire. I… Continue reading On “powerful” progressive teaching: using ed-tech and storyboarding to secure key concepts

Powerful knowledge · Progressivism · Teaching and Learning

On “powerful”progressive teaching: creating the discourse of the subject

Recently I was talking to a group of friends, not high achievers in the conventional sense but well educated. Okay they were teachers. Somehow the conversation got around to the most pointless things we had ever learned at school. Universally it was Math at secondary school. We could all remember the words: sin, cosine and… Continue reading On “powerful”progressive teaching: creating the discourse of the subject

Education and Politics · Policy and Practice

On Nicky Morgan’s workload promise: how much progress has been made in a year?

A year ago Nicky Morgan promised to reduce teacher workloads I thought it would be interesting to track the progress of “the promise”. Related blogs 1. Bureaucracy is sucking the life out of teaching 2. Nicky Morgan and educational bureaucracy: in politics ideology trumps practical solutions 3. Should-we-learn-to-love-our-shackles?  Any other blogs would be great Scroll to… Continue reading On Nicky Morgan’s workload promise: how much progress has been made in a year?

Education and Politics · Policy and Practice

Nicky Morgan and educational bureaucracy: in politics ideology trumps practical solutions

The education system is a bureaucracy. In other words an administrative system associated with some social endeavour or other. More recently, a bureaucracy has become a term with negative connotations. I suppose its modern meaning conjures up images of workloads increased by pointless paperwork and dysfunctionality. Michael Gove came into office promising to do something… Continue reading Nicky Morgan and educational bureaucracy: in politics ideology trumps practical solutions

Education and Politics · Powerful knowledge · Traditionalism

On powerful knowledge, extremism and the legacy of Gove’s insular approach to curriculum

In my last blog I tried to show how the classic education of the Greeks was adapted by the church and, as a consequence, the education system became a tightly classified two tier system consisting of the trivium and quadrivium. Based upon a scriptural canon the knower was inculcated into the knowledge of the scriptures.… Continue reading On powerful knowledge, extremism and the legacy of Gove’s insular approach to curriculum