Friday, November 10, 2017
Education for the future / listening to kids not testing / primary science / Modern Learning Environments / the 'F' words / a rebirth of education and more joy!
By Allan Alach
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What every teacher should know about ... memory
Walking backwards into the future
Listening, Not Testing, Will Improve Children’s Vocabulary
‘While we may actively teach our children to read, oral language skills (the ability to learn words, form sentences and to communicate abstract ideas) is a defining human characteristic and, of these, it is vocabulary which is the pivotal skill. Children grow up acquiring these skills driven by, in Canadian telly-don Stephen Pinker’s words an “instinct” for language.'
Mouldy cheese and minibeasts: tips for teaching science in primary schools
Math Class Doesn’t Work. Here’s the Solution
Contributed by Bruce Hammonds:
Modern Learning Environments … innovation or disaster?
Comparison is the Thief of Joy
and unique talents…not standardize them.’
Change, Beliefs, And The ‘F’ Words
Some advice if you are serious about transforming your school. Here is a summary of the main
messages of the latest uLearn Conference.
The new Minister is removing National Standards and lightening the assessment
load but if this is all that happens it will be a lost opportunity.
‘The annual uLearn conference is over for another year, and as the new term begins it’s worth taking a little time to reflect on the ‘big ideas’ we came away with — the overarching themes and messages that persisted through the various keynote, spotlight, and workshop presentations. I had the privilege of doing a quick summary at the end of this year’s conference, and want to share that in this blog post as an ‘aide memoire’ for those who are interested. For me, there were three ‘big ideas’ that kept surfacing (four if you count my two “F” words) which are expanded on below:’
How School Leaders Can Attend to the Emotional Side of Change
From Bruce’s ‘goldie oldies’ file:
The rebirth of education - a real Renaissance
Learning to be 'creatively rebellious'. The importance of the Three Ds: being Different, Disruptive and Deviant.
‘Organisations that want to develop innovative cultures that enable leaders to be intentionally disruptive and deviant will flourish in the 21stC. And schools should be at the forefront of developing innovative cultures. Risk adversity and fear of failure gets in the way of embracing disruption and deviance as the basis of developing innovation.’