The creeping end to lockdown

Micromanagement

It’s fascinating to watch my wife’s school (she’s a Reception teacher) wrestle with the creeping end to lockdown. Some manager in a (home) office somewhere in the academy chain has decided that each child should be given a zip-lock bag containing: a pen, pencil, crayon, a couple of building blocks and a small-world toy (or something like that). This is, of course, without reference to any of the reality of Reception-level education or the children in question. We suffer from […]

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Provoking thoughts about education #8: Expert learning strategies

Fifteen seconds to really make you think #8: Expert learning strategies This 15 second video should really make you think about the extent to which you proactively develop your learners’ expert, independent learning skills. Do you ever write a learning outcome focused on this? From John Holt’s ‘How Children Fail’. Click the image to watch the very short video of the full quotation. Feel free to share with your team to start the conversation.. ‘The reason so many children in […]

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Provoking thoughts about education #7: Conditions for growth

Twenty seconds to really make you think – #7: Conditions for growth Provocative quote number 6. This 15 second video could be a profound challenge to your scheme of work. Step back for a moment – do you meet this challenge? From John Holt’s ‘How Children Fail’. Click the image to watch the very short video of the full quotation. Feel free to share with your team to start the conversation.. ‘There’s no telling what might be done with children […]

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Provoking thoughts about education #6: On assessment

Twenty seconds to really make you think – #6: On assessment Provocative quote number 6. Could this 15 seconds of video change your whole view of assessment? From John Holt’s ‘How Children Fail’. Click the image to watch the very short video of the full quotation. Feel free to share with your team to start the conversation.. ‘It is not the teacher’s proper task to be constantly testing and checking the understanding of the learner. That’s the learner’s task, and […]

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Provoking thoughts about education #5: Free yourself

Twenty seconds to really make you think – #5: Free yourself Provocative quote number 5. This 20 second video really makes you stand back and take stock of your role as an educator. From John Holt’s ‘How Children Fail’. Feel free to share with your team to start the conversation.. ‘Only when teachers in schools free themselves from their traditional teacher tasks – boss, cop, judge – will they be able to learn enough about their students to see how […]

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