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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.

About. I am a learning & teaching geek.

About

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. Half-echoes of the past. The Labour Party, founded in 1900, has been in existence for 112 years.

Half-echoes of the past

But there have been Labour governments for just 32 of those years; for another eight years, Labour participated in wartime national unity governments. During the remaining 72 years, it was in opposition. Reasons for EBacc Subjects (and reasons why I don’t agree) | Laura McInerney. *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) | Laura McInerney

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. While I agree with Eng, Maths & Sci, I remain sceptical on MFL and entirely bemused by the inclusion of ‘History or Geography’. I’ve never fully understood why this group of subjects was chosen and below are some of the reasons I have heard for the choice and why, so far, I have found them entirely unconvincing.

Welcome to Parent View | Ofsted Parent View. In-what-other-profession-by-david-reber. NAHT Warwick Mansell. 7 Apps to Organize Your Life | Cioccolanti Blog. I’m writing you from my new laptop ~ the Macbook Pro with Retina.

7 Apps to Organize Your Life | Cioccolanti Blog

It used to take me a couple of days to set up a new computer, but now I’m getting better and picker about what I put into my workplace. Clutter is not good and too many apps can slow or freeze your computer. 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:

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple. Digital Tools Flickr: Marquette La 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

Summer gloom. It shouldn’t feel like this.

Summer gloom

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.

Ofsted put in Special Measures: the blind leading the sighted

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. Pedagogy - one of those words that’s used when people want to sound all academic. So let’s just call it learning practice. Of one thing we can be sure; teaching does not seem to have changed much in the last 100 years. THE DAILY RIFF - Be Smarter. About Education. The Nerdy Teacher. For the love of learning. Stump The Teacher.