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Provoking thoughts about education #4: On peer observation

Twenty seconds to really make you think – #4: On peer observation Here’s provocative quote number 4. Another 15 second video to really make you think about where real quality improvement happens. 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 should be more situations in which two experienced teachers share the same class, teaching and observing […]

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Provoking thoughts about education #3: Rethinking assessment

Twenty seconds to really make you think #3: Rethinking assessment Day 3 of the lockdown and provocative quote number 3. This 15 seconds of video could change the way you look at your whole assessment strategy. 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 problem is not to get students to ask us what they don’t know; […]

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Provoking thoughts about education #2: They flunked unsuccessful methods.

Quote #2 from 'How Children Fail'

Twenty seconds to really make you think #2: They flunked unsuccessful methods. As we’re all stuck inside thanks to corona virus (2020), I thought I’d share some provocative thoughts from the book I’m reading at the moment: ‘How Children Fail’ by John Holt. It’s about his work in primary schools in the 50s and 60s, but how much of it is true for schools and further education today. Do we never learn? I’ll post one a day. ‘A ‘very modest […]

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Provoking thoughts about education #1: ‘How Children Fail’ overview

Quote #1 from 'How Children Fail'

Twenty seconds to really make you think #1: ‘How Children Fail’ overview. As we’re all stuck inside thanks to corona virus (2020), I thought I’d share some provocative thoughts from the book I’m reading at the moment: ‘How Children Fail’ by John Holt. It’s about his work in primary schools in the 50s and 60s, but how much of it is true for schools and further education today. Do we never learn? I’ll post one a day. ‘How Children Fail […]

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Lesson observation: The Evaluative Conversation

If your lesson observation system includes the observer giving feedback, there’s a strong chance it won’t create real, sustainable improvement – particularly for the 20% of staff whose positive impact on learning most needs improving. Watch this one-minute film to see that there is another way: https://youtu.be/hE1waiu6L0E. The RED System – Lesson observation reinvented. www.ccqi.org.uk/RED

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