Took a while to get there, what with train cancellations, but it was worth it.
Notes from what I saw:
- Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL
- focused on development of social cognition and the factors affecting decision-making.
- late arriving but conclusion seemed to be that a lot of research shows teens are greatly affected by peers whereas adults typically are not, or are influenced far less.
- Peer-learning presumably needs to take account of this. She mentioned the paradox of adolescence, i.e. that you are most prone to take risks at your healthiest time of your life. A pack mentality is a great indicator of increased risk-taking so question is how peer attitudes affect risk-analysis.
There’s a talk of hers below which covers some similar things
Ken Brechin, Cramlington & CPD
Ray Healey on Creating and Extension Culture in Maths
- Emphasised value of a whole department thinking it’s worth it, rather than being one member of staff’s bolt-on
- Good extension questions are: simple, attractive, accessible, have maths merit, are open-middled and manageable
- Need to create culture of engagement: e.g. maths is learned not innate, encourage strategic thinking, avoid sounding like the expert
- Some useful resources are:
- Took us through a typical “IB/Inquiry learning” Primary lesson, from planning to delivery to assessment
- Powerful stuff – big thing for me was seeing the various Hidden Lives/Daniel Willingham books being made real
- Ironically harder to write notes during but felt learned more
- More here
- Professor of Engineering
- Very non-maths background, went into military, so question students ask is how did she manage to become an engineer.
- Lots of familiar stuff on Dweck’s Growth Mindset and Spaced Learning from a different angle.
- Focused and Diffuse modes of the brain important – Edison, for example, used to try to come up with ideas by sitting in an armchair with a handful of ballbearings. Awake he was “focused”; as he nodded off he slipped into diffuse mode (and the ballbearings hit the floor to wake him up)
- Importance of Pomodoro technique to stay focussed.
- Repetition useful – If you don’t repeat learning frequently, vampires suck away the knowledge before it has stuck.
- Procrastination is addictive and a response to literal brain-pain when faced by the unknown.
- Sleep is vital – it basically seems to flush toxins out of the neural pathways to allow more growth (learning) to happen.
- More on all this can be found in her book
A Mind for Numbers or in her TED talk.
- E-learning across the curriculum
- Tom Boulter on Professional Learning
- David Fawcett on Creating a curriculum that sticks
- Darren Mead on The Hidden Lives of Learners
- Mark Steed on A Practical approach to Appraisals
Barbara Oakley on Learning how to Learn
Other notes online/slides from talks