Toffler, The Trivium & The Holy Trinity

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I’ve been having an interesting conversation on Twitter with Martin Robinson and Carl Gombrich (a big thank you to both). Two things had been bouncing around recently: Toffler’s ubiquitous “Learn, unlearn, relearn” and the Trivium, in no small part thanks to Martin’s excellent Trivium 21C. I wondered, slightly loosely, whether they were connected, along the lines of this diagram. Carl … Read More

The Lost Tools Of Learning

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we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant … Read More

Students making games to help them learn

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This, from link: EdTech Toolbox, is really exciting. I had a student approach me today with a game that he has based around the unit of work that we are studying. Each of the students negotiate their own research based on their understanding of the concepts covered by the unit. He has used Game Salad as a way of building … Read More

Saccharine playgrounds don’t help anyone

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From: Can a Playground Be Too Safe? – NYTimes.com “Children need to encounter risks and overcome fears on the playground,” said Ellen Sandseter, a professor of psychology at Queen Maud University in Norway. “I think monkey bars and tall slides are great. As playgrounds become more and more boring, these are some of the few features that still can give … Read More

Co-operative Learning

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This page on cooperative Learning has lots of good ideas for groupwork activities that would work in a classroom This one caught my eye as something to try for maths but there are plenty of others. 7. Team Pair Solo (Kagan)- Students do problems first as a team, then with a partner, and finally on their own. It is designed … Read More

Bad fonts = Good learning

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While certain fonts may be harder to read, researchers at Princeton and Indiana University have found that they may, in fact, improve your ability to remember facts. In a study of 200 students, they discovered that making things harder to read—whether that meant using fonts like Comic Sans and Bodoni MT or using bad photocopies—actually increased test scores, without any … Read More

The Importance of Stupidity

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Love this … One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time. No doubt, this can be difficult for students who are accustomed to getting the answers right. No doubt, reasonable levels of confidence and emotional … Read More

The Skills, Rules, Knowledge Framework

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The Skills, Rules, Knowledge was developed by Rasmussen (1983) to help designers combine information requirements for a system and aspects of human cognition. It outlines 3 main levels that information is absorbed by humans and acted upon. The below outline is from

Why one should thank students

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This is beautifully put, I think. An old Chinese teacher explained to Richard Gerver why he taught in such a calm, cheerful way. The answer was: “Every day, I stand in front of these young people, their faces full of expectation and hope, their energy radiating across the stale air of this room, and as I look across at them, … Read More