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If you don't who will? Teachers have more power than they think April 18, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Practice, Uncategorized

Schools and teachers are constrained by accountability and assessment regimes. However, in my experience schools and teachers have a great deal of agency - they can and do respond very differently to similar external pressures. For example (more…)

Assessing creativity March 19, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Opinion

What do we mean by creativity? Do you know it when you see it? How do you recognise it? How can we assess it in ways that are credible but don't standardise and thus undermine the very concept of creativity? (more…)

Curriculum More thoughts on curriculum March 13, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Policy

Extending my previous post on curriculum I wanted to explore the issues of who should define the details of what students do in school and the extent to which they should have a choice about whether to participate or not. This builds upon work in the Schome Park Programme, which used a wiki, forum and island in Teen Second Life™ to give hundreds of 13 to 65 year olds a radically different experience of what education could be like. (more…)

Curriculum Some thoughts on curriculum March 12, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Description, Opinion, Policy

Collins English Dictionary defines curriculum as "all the different courses of study that are taught in a school, college, or university".  This is a rather narrow definition, focussing as it does on the explicit curriculum. I am going to redefine curriculum as what students need to learn (with my focus being specifically on what school age learners need to learn). (more…)

Kids Facetiming with grandpa Some thoughts on pedagogy March 12, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Description, Opinion, Policy

Collins English Dictionary defines pedagogy as "the study and theory of the methods and principles of teaching". Personally I think that is too teacher centric, so I am going to use pedagogy to mean the theory and practices of (effective) ways to support human learning. (more…)