Remote Learning, The Cathedral and The Bazaar

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COVID-19 has forced schools to offer some sort of elearning service. It has forced schools, essentially, to swivel and offer something they’re not used to, at a time of high stress and uncertainty. As teachers, we tend, naturally enough, to look for “solutions” in the direction of education for what works: academic research on elearning, guides on “live teaching” and, … Read More

Some edtech maths

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Have been doodling on the back of a napkin this evening about edtech and its cost-benefit. Let’s say a new technology is being introduced into your school, with the promise of “50% better learning for all”. Let’s assume the following: your class has 25 students you teach them your lesson 4 hours a week for 30 weeks each hour each … Read More

3D Education

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I am finding Charles Koch’s framework for education more and more useful. If nothing else it helps me place some of the drier research on things like dual-coding and spaced retrieval in the context of a richer, more human approach and what Jeremy Barnes calls “Albert Hall Moments”. I came across Koch’s model listening to him being interviewed by Tim … Read More

Jack Welch and Rates of Change

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This, from Jack Welch, makes a lot of sense: “I’ve always believed that when the rate of change inside an institution becomes slower than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight. The only question is when.” Given how quickly things are changing outside schools, it makes me wonder how best to keep the rates of change inside … Read More

21st Century Soup-Spilling

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[post_intro]There’s a lot of talk about 21st century education. There are the skills that children need, the jobs that don’t exist yet, the access to learning anywhere and all the wonderful things the internet enables us to do. All of this is valuable, I think, but I wonder how much it is side-stepping the real issue?[/post_intro] When I first started … Read More

Notes from Roland Barth

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Roland Barth’s “Improving Schools From Within” is comforting and inspiring in equal measure. Well worth a read. My notes: Communities of Learners School is not a place for important people who do not need to learn and unimportant people who do. Instead, school is a place where students discover and andults rediscover, the joys, the difficulties and the satisfactions of … Read More

Private Schools and Private Tutors

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I have nothing against private tutors – let me say that straight out. But I think without openness in the communications between tutor, child, parent and school everyone suffers significant problems for schools, parents and children. Equally The Problem for the School Heads of Department, in fact private schools in general, draw a huge amount of succour from their results. … Read More

Parents who need two years’ notice

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Many parents’ dairies are so busy that they struggle to attend school events such as concerts and plays. To counter this, St Paul’s is considering giving parents two year’s advance notice of school events. from: £6,000-a-term St Paul’s offers parenting classes – Telegraph Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

The Effects of School Are Overplayed

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John Hattie’s book Visible Learning is a (dense) treasure trove of statistically backed educational research. He looks at 800 meta-analyses of school research and then analyses them for effect. The idea is essentially to try to come up with a way of measuring how much good various initiatives as compared to, say, a child’s natural development. This snippet, with my … Read More