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Bringing Science To Education. Thursday, November 15, 2012 Why do we still base the education of children on tradition and habit, or on unfounded and unproven theories?

Bringing Science To Education

There’s another alternative: science, says Pooja Agarwal, a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis. As she writes in the journal Education Psychology Review: “Currently, we are witnesses to profound educational ‘experimentation,’ for example with charter schools, voucher programs, educational technology, new standards and assessments, revamped educator evaluations, and the growth modeling and analysis of student data.

In the current era of flexibility and experimentation, we have a golden opportunity as cognitive and educational scientists to take what we have learned over the course of at least 100 years about human learning and memory and apply it to the ‘real world’ of education. In doing so, we may finally move away from a system in which educational practices are based on history and doctrine. It can’t happen soon enough. About. I am a learning & teaching geek.


Unapologetically so. I adore all aspects of creative thinking and reflective practice to stimulate new ideas and thinking. This blog is a mixture of reflections on my own learning and acts as a repository for those sparkling gems I come across and don’t immediately know what to do with. But, like any ideas magpie worth their beak, if it catches my eye, I can’t resist collecting it.

Most importantly, this blog is an invitation to you to get involved and share your thinking with me. I write, coach, research, practice and, well, basically live and breathe learning. All views expressed here are very much a personal affair. Half-echoes of the past. Reasons for EBacc Subjects (and reasons why I don’t agree)

*If you are looking for basic info on the EBacc (e.g. subjects included, how it affects certification) this post about ‘what is the ebacc’ might be more appropriate).

Reasons for EBacc Subjects (and reasons why I don’t agree)

If you want to know the reasons for the subjects included, read on! * Schools must now publish on their websites the % of pupils passing the ‘English Baccalaureate’ – a set of 5 GCSEs that must include English, Maths, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and either History or Geography. Welcome to Parent View. In-what-other-profession-by-david-reber. NAHT Warwick Mansell. 7 Apps to Organize Your Life. Party Poopers. You can tell it’s the week in which GCSE results come out.

Party Poopers

How? Well, the ever-loyal praetorian guard of the Department for Education (that is, the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph) have dutifully published stories rubbishing vocational qualifications and so-called Mickey Mouse subjects. Creative Curriculum Design: Our inspiration. Becoming an innovative school? My top 10 ideas. Northern Beaches Christian School: one of the most innovative in the world.

Becoming an innovative school? My top 10 ideas

Thanks to everyone for great day of discussion …from @wethink When one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation described Northern Beaches Christian School as “one of the most innovative in the world” we were amazed and honoured. Charlie Leadbeater (@wethink), is a former adviser to the British government and author of We-think: The Power Of Mass Creativity. Leadbeater ran a one day seminar with us in June 2011. His TED Talk Education innovation in the Slums has more than 300,000 views and he was described as: early to notice the rise of “amateur innovation” – great ideas from outside the traditional walls, from people who suddenly have the tools to collaborate, innovate and make their expertise known. How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple. By Dolores Gende Apple’s iBooks2 and authoring app has created big waves in education circles.

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple

But smart educators don’t necessarily need Apple’s slick devices and software to create their own books. How educators think of content curation in the classroom is enough to change their reliance on print textbooks. Summer gloom. It shouldn’t feel like this. I know we’re right at the end of term, when tempers in schools fray, when the end of term seems tantalisingly close yet infuriatingly distant, and when we all become too thin-skinned about issues which - in a month or week or day - won’t matter any more. But it shouldn’t feel like this. Ofsted put in Special Measures: the blind leading the sighted. The title of this blog is a headline you are unlikely to ever read.

But before anything is invented, it is first an idea, so let's at least entertain the idea and aspire to its subsequent genesis. Why so serious? Because, like the rotten apple of Gotham City, the people tasked with directing and protecting education have become as wanton and derelict as any flatfoot with a roll of fifties and a guilty conscience. The Office for Standards in Teaching, has been caught in flagrante delicto. Born to Learn ~ You are Born to Learn. The Wing to Heaven. The Difference Between Learning And Instruction. More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by 10 technology innovations.

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