The Elements of Progression: threshold concepts meet mastery learning

Last Saturday I was lucky to present at the first ResearchEd Literacy event in Swindon, organised by David Didau at the fantastic Swindon Academy. It was an exceptional day with some brilliant talks and a fabulous keynote by Ray Land on threshold concepts, sadly lost to posterity due to a technical problem. You will have to trustContinue reading “The Elements of Progression: threshold concepts meet mastery learning”

Miltonic Vision part 2: Satan, Swiss Tony and using Threshold Concepts to organise and teach powerful knowledge

‘Making a cup of coffee is like making love to a beautiful woman. It’s got to be hot. You’ve got to take your time. You’ve got to stir… gently and firmly. You’ve got to grind your beans until they squeak. And then you put in the milk.’ Swiss Tony ‘.… he stood and call’d HisContinue reading “Miltonic Vision part 2: Satan, Swiss Tony and using Threshold Concepts to organise and teach powerful knowledge”

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’”