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Critical Mass: Forces for Change in Education Worldwide

I have been much heartened over the previous months by conversations I have had with educators worldwide who are rejecting the premise of current educational models. Increasingly they are putting … Continue reading

July 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Mistake-Friendly Classroom | Edutopia

Learning from mistakes is crucial for growth. Here are a few ways teachers can prepare to take advantage of them. The key, though, is not stigmatizing mistakes—or the students who … Continue reading

June 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

If You Can’t Reach Them You Can’t Teach Them – Building Effective Learning Relationships by Kevin Hewitson | Critical Publishing

So good to see friend and colleague Kev Hewitson’s book finally in print. The ideas behind the book have been over twenty years in the making and bring his extensive … Continue reading

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Good Mantra for the Return to School…

I think that attitudes, behaviours and values will need to be re-established as pupils return to school. The return to school is an ideal time to re-establish positive communication and … Continue reading

March 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

New Directions in Learning

I am indebted to Michael McKnight for sharing this diagram which sets some clear directions for resetting learning and education for the 21st century. Discuss… Further reading: Neuroscience and Education: … Continue reading

January 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Has the Pandemic Ushered in New Norms in Education? | Edutopia

Less reliance on high-stakes testing and more emphasis on student choice could be here to stay. Pedagogical growth is the kind of growth we need to recharge and reimagine education. … Continue reading

January 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Flipped Classroom: What is it and How Do You Create it?

The flipped classroom is a key concept in the development of more imaginative learning strategies. But what is it and what are the educational considerations underpinning? In essence, the flipped … Continue reading

December 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Discussion is better than argument

December 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Student Agency and the Implications

When a curriculum comprehensively defines what, when and how learning will take place, it takes away initiative from the learner. Such a curriculum has building blocks of knowledge, which may … Continue reading

November 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Change the Assessment, Change the Engagement

It used to strike me when I was first introduced to transactional analysis that assessment regimes operated in a similar way. Classic transactional analysis operates in three states in a … Continue reading

November 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

A View to the Future: Sub-10

Good to see my old friend and colleague Peter Stephenson has found his groove with his company SUB 10. Turning ‘have to’ to want to’ sounds good to me! …our … Continue reading

November 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why Project-Based Learning (PBL)?

One particularly difficult task for schools to maintain during the Covid 19 pandemic has been learning continuity. Part of this difficulty is self-imposed by secondary schools tending to structure learning … Continue reading

November 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Thinking Cube: Planning and Evaluating Learning

Thank you to Daniel Sobel for sharing this systematic approach to thinking and learning… This makes for far more logical planning and evaluation of learning modules and goes beyond bland … Continue reading

September 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

You Are Not a Mathematician… You Are a Teacher of Maths!

I don’t know who Tavia Clark the librarian is, but she certainly shared a message that resonated with me. A number of times I’ve heard teachers introduce themselves as a … Continue reading

September 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Best wishes and a free gift for schools in the new academic year: an international CPD library!

Let me begin by wishing you and your school every success in this new academic year, which appears to have all the makings of the most challenging of your career … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Legacy of Sir Ken Robinson: the Challenge and Opportunities of a New Curriculum and Assessment Model

The sad death of Sir Ken Robinson brings the end to the good-natured and robust thinking about how the future of education might be built. Sir Ken not only defined … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Finland – Showing the Way With a Subject-Less Curriculum

The idea that a curriculum can be constructed around subject knowledge has always been suspect… who decides which content and does the content reflect contemporary needs or historic antecedents? As … Continue reading

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Coronavirus: Templates for sustainable improvement in learning for schools

As the summer term comes to an end in British schools, thoughts turn to the new academic year in September. The disruption brought by the Coronavirus has been fundamental and … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

10 Types of Innovation

Although developed in the context of product innovation in a commercial setting, I found this diagram of interest and thought it might make a useful point of discussion for learning … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Saga Briggs on Deeper Learning

As part of the perpetual challenge to improve the quality of learning, there is an increasing interface between educational research and metacognition to explore what has been termed the DEEPS … Continue reading

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Designing Learning Units

Perhaps the Covid-19 crisis has had you devoting more time to lesson and unit design recently. If you are unlucky, you will have concentrated purely on knowledge transmission which tends … Continue reading

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning and Schools post Covid-19 Paper for Global Citizenship Foundation

I recently had an invitation to contribute to a webinar organised by the Global Citizenship Foundation on the subject of the shape of education post-Covid-19. Here is the paper generated: … Continue reading

June 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Moving the Focus from Teaching to Learning…

Having taken part in a webinar this past weekend about education post-Covid19, I was pleased to see one of the themes of the conference, pupil agency and autonomy reflected in … Continue reading

June 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Nordic Schools and the Nordic Teaching Model

I was delighted to have been invited to join the Nordic Schools network. I’ve leaned heavily on the Scandinavian experience of educational development. I think their experiences are instructive because … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

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