Fortunately, it has long been realised that this is a false dichotomy. In this case, I am pleased to say that one can have one’s cake and eat it! The knowledge In the example given here, my Year 9 Geography class (8th grade) studied the migration flows from Central America. We covered the basic theories of … More Skills or knowledge? You don’t need to ask the question!
It’s now happens on a fairly regular basis. A look through a twitter timeline and out pops a useful comment, link or image. The next thing, I am referring to it in a lesson. Is this bad planning or opportunistic luck or is this a new wave of that takes the famous 5 minute lesson … More Is social media planning my lessons?
Friday 3 October 2014, Cambridge UK. 7.00am Check BBC News app and Twitter feed. Teaching geography to year 9 at 9am and the subject is ‘world development’. If I can’t make this relevant and current to their lives there is something wrong. Political unrest continues in Hong Kong. We’ve already referred to it in previous … More Four hours of learning with my iPad
The trials and tribulations of the two senior years in secondary school (aged 16-18) are vital and challenging. They are quite a ride, as everyone with first-hand experience of managing the curriculum, teaching or studying in these years will testify. However, and sadly in my opinion, there are pressures that tend to well-up even earlier … More Are our schools missing the point?
Having a philosophy of education is something that a lot of people and schools talk about but I am not convinced that many have really thought it through. It is not their fault – the pressures of change, government initiatives and league table put pay to a lot of thinking – there simply isn’t time! … More Does your school have the X-Factor?