Assessment For Learning · Education and Politics · OFSTED · Policy and Practice · Teaching and Learning

On feedback in education: norm circles and evidence proxies

I’ve been thinking about feedback. More specifically how do you know whether it is any good or not? Despite the research I’m not convinced that feedback is a good thing per se. Good feedback is a good thing, bad feedback isn’t. Unfortunately, feedback has become a virtue as a “thing in itself”. I’m not convinced… Continue reading On feedback in education: norm circles and evidence proxies

Education and Politics · OFSTED · Philosophy of education · Policy and Practice · Progressivism

On the value of ideas and the search for causality in the classroom

Can an idea be “real” like a light bulb or a torch? Does the text of a book contain something more than just symbols on a page? Do ideas have a causal effect measurable by empirical science? I was pondering these questions whilst watching the world pour opprobrium on Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims. Few… Continue reading On the value of ideas and the search for causality in the classroom

Education and Politics · Research

The question posed was “are all classrooms unique?”

The question posed was “are all classrooms unique?” They are but not every aspect of a classroom is unique. The classroom is a microcosm of the social world. So what is unique? The individual students are unique. They have agency and a unique psycho-biography. On the other hand individual students also have dispositions conditioned by society.… Continue reading The question posed was “are all classrooms unique?”

British Values · Education and Culture

On Nadiya and “how it is that an 87 year old retired professor …….”

A question was recently posed in a blog: How is it that an 87 year old retired professor from the University of Virginia has had such an influence on the English curriculum? I do not want to address the points raised in that blog it was addressing a different issue. I do want to offer… Continue reading On Nadiya and “how it is that an 87 year old retired professor …….”

Education and Culture · Feminism

On the confused, and confusing, discourse of edu-twitter feminism

@teach_well wrote a blog about feminism in response to three blog’s, Man up, Like a lady and He for she by Sue Cowley. I suppose I have an interest because I was mentioned in one of the blogs @teach_well critiqued. Teach_well accuses Sue of “female chauvinism” but it is a somewhat confused argument. It must… Continue reading On the confused, and confusing, discourse of edu-twitter feminism

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