Tagged: Education

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Take it with a PISA salt?

I’ve recently been exploring the story behind the headlines when it comes to the PISA tests. It’s a story that needs telling as it places some pretty large caveats on any interpretation of the international league tables published by PISA. There are many PISA sceptics who cite such arguments as: The tests are only taken by, and percentages quoted about,...

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The E factor, dynamic pitching and instant feedback

Engagement of students in their learning. The E factor. You know it when you see it; you know it when you hear it. Sustained cognitive effort by students who are working at the edge of their abilities. The engagement we want to see as teachers isn’t about keeping students amused, it’s about keeping them thinking for extended periods of time....

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Inspiring TED talks about education systems

Here are a collection of my favourite talks about education systems: Ken Robinson: How to escape education death valley Ken Robinson: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms Geoffrey Canada: Failing Schools. Enough is enough!  Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools Colin Powell: Kids need structure  Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover Rita...

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What school systems can learn from PISA

Andreas Schleicher gives an insightful, data-led talk about what the PISA (Program of International Student Assessment) tests tell us about what successful education systems look like. For some time I’ve been aware of the PISA tests, which rank countries based on the literacy and numeracy ability of their youngsters, but I did not realise that they used the data to...

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Are mini-whiteboards the ultimate teaching and learning resource?

There are no shortage of resources out there to give a teacher some feedback on what pupils have learned. Assessment for Learning (AfL) is without doubt a good thing, but there are good and bad ways to go about it. The array of technological options to conduct AfL is bewildering. Services like www.polleverywhere.com allow you to set up multiple choice...

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Why do we teach the way we do?

An issue I regularly wrestle with in my mind is the conflict between my ideologies about learning (including the reasons that lead me into teaching) and the standardised, exam-focussed reality where results are given so much importance. Whilst visiting the fantastic Mathematics and Multimedia blog by Guillermo Bautista, I stumbled across an excellent video that addresses many of the conflicts discussed...

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Reignite the fire

Teaching is a hard job. It’s quite easy to become disheartened sometimes. I think the best advice someone gave me once was “Look after yourself. Make sure you get enough rest. Be nice to your mind and your body. Be nicer to yourself than you think you should be”. If you are looking for some thought-provoking quotes to keep things in...

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Probably the best blogs by maths teachers around the world

There are some really great blogs out there written by maths teachers who really care about their practice. I enjoy reading their posts as they share their insight and ideas and think about how it could improve my own teaching. There is wheat and there is chaff out there. To save you time in separating the two, I have compiled...