So yesterday evening, after a morning in school, a bit of last-minute Master’s level marking, and a couple of hours with the SKEs handling radioactive sources and trying to measure the half-life of protactinium and the half-thickness of lead (not very successfully as it turned out – we really are going to have to squeeze […]Read More #DHSTM15 : A quick impression
There has been a big discussion of teacher workload recently. Harry Fletcher-Wood’s post on “Thin Red Lines” generated quite a bit of interest. Nicky Morgan (or was it Nick Clegg) at the DfE attempted to win back a few of the half-million voting teachers that polling suggested Michael Gove had pissed off, by initiating a workload […]Read More Teacher Workload
Twitter posts can lead in all sorts of intriguing directions. It’s a cornucopia of endless nourishment for the educational soul but you do have to taste with caution. A few days ago, this tweet caught my eye. #ililc5 – Spaced Learning: Rory Gallagher http://t.co/Jo16englFD — Alex Bellars MCCT (@alexbellars) March 7, 2015 The idea of […]Read More Making long-term memories in minutes – too good to be true?
My first post on Ofsted inspections of ITE set out where I am coming from, and considered the purpose of these inspections. It concluded: “So if Ofsted were to step back from reporting on good practice, and if the difference between Grade 1 and 2 (over 80% of providers) has a rather arbitrary effect on […]Read More Is Ofsted helping to improve ITE? Part II
This is the second in a series of posts on the Festival of Education at Wellington College. #EducationFest No.1: Play up, play up, and play the game #EducationFest No.3: A Research-based, Constructivist View? #EducationFest No.4: How will we know? After Wilshaw, the first proper session of my day was Tom Sherrington. Of the distracting number […]Read More #EducationFest No.2: More root than trunk
This is the first in a series of posts on the Festival of Education at Wellington College. #EducationFest No.2: More root than trunk #Educationfest No. 3: A Research-based, Constructivist View? #EducationFest No. 4: How will we know? I’m a little surprised that Michael Wilshaw chose the glorious surroundings of Wellington College to launch an attack […]Read More #EducationFest No.1: Play up, play up, and play the game
Alex Weatherall and David Didau have just had an interesting Twitter exchange. David has written a blog post suggesting that a fundamental point about AfL may be flawed – he’s suggesting that learning is invisible, only performance can be seen and that therefore the idea of checking learning regularly in order to guide teaching is […]Read More Performance and Learning in English and Science
I wanted to draw an alternative line of best fit on Pragmatic Education’s graph. It’s here because I can’t put it in my reply to the original blog post. http://pragmaticreform.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/unitevaluation/Read More Pragmatic Education – Essays vs Mastery