The Unexamined Life

One of the statements on this post about educational ideas to bin in 2015 piqued my interest.* The comments relate to the apparent tedium of on-going debates on social media about the merits of progressive and traditional philosophies of teaching. According to this post, debating teaching philosophies on social media is dull and along withContinue reading “The Unexamined Life”

Learning reviews: an alternative to work scrutiny?

Work scrutiny has certainly been this week’s hot topic, mostly in response to this post by Teacher Toolkit. Whilst I prefer not to directly critique the practices of other schools I know little about, I do pretty much agree with the points made by David Didau, Andy Day, Greg Ashman and Martin Robinson about workContinue reading “Learning reviews: an alternative to work scrutiny?”

Miltonic Vision Part I: Trivium 21C, Threshold concepts and the power of ‘powerful knowledge’

A few years ago, at my previous school, I taught Milton’s Paradise Lost for the first time. Whilst I had read some of the early books in my first year at university, I never managed to complete the poem and I certainly didn’t think I knew it. The thought of teaching such as challenging textContinue reading “Miltonic Vision Part I: Trivium 21C, Threshold concepts and the power of ‘powerful knowledge’”