This post forms part of the Knowledge and Skills discussion for #Blogsync February.You can read all the wonderful and varying posts on this topic by visiting @Edutronic_Net ‘s #Blogsync page.
I have given the knowledge and skills debate a great deal of thought over the years. Periodically it pops up on Twitter and causes a huge debate. Tempers are frayed on both sides of the table and we sometimes end up with a right old Twitter storm. I’ve seen insults hurled and people blocked for daring to challenge the opinions of others. I’m loath to join discussions like that. For me it seems akin to arguing about politics or religion, you will never change someone’s mind in that way.
This month the lovely @Edutronic_Net has invited us to join #Blogsync where we can air our views in a calm and controlled manner. A grown up forum for sharing ideas. These…
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Shift towards student led education – the future for education!
The devaluing of content demands innovation
In my recent work, both in the classroom and in research, the most common recurring question is “what should we be teaching?” This question is valid in a world of Google, Wikipedia and instant access to information from the device in your pocket. This educational challenge is also expanded by the thousands of young people already pushing beyond the conventional system due to success in personally instigated start-ups and projects they have organised themselves. The personal empowerment and opportunities that the internet and technology offer will challenge nearly every aspect of traditional education.
The most significant innovation in the classroom during the next 10 years will not be some magical technology or even students staying at home. It will be a shift towards student-led education, which focuses on the development of key competencies for success in this century. Photo credit
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A Summer Festival – 5 months and counting?
What would you include in a summer festival?
My favourite summer pastimes involve outdoor eating and drinking. I also enjoy listening to music in good company. How about a wander through a quintessential English village and a gentle climb up some rolling hills and back? If you had the chance to share this experience with people who had supported each other for the first half of the year would you be interested?
How about some Art work and some activities to take part in?
What about a chance to learn from each other?
Along with the #teacher5aday Exhibition a number of #wellbeingsuperheroes are busily planning the #teacher5aday Summer Festival. With something to plan for and think about that is longer than a few weeks away, will this give all concerned a reason to continue thinking about their well-being? An excuse to…
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Who’d be a politician, eh?
You get the blame for everything, and yet relatively little power to do much about it.
It seems that the response to the Workload Challenge has not been received with great joy… but then, was it ever going to be? The results of the survey speak for themselves. Over 40,000 teachers responded, and the two biggest drivers of workload according to those responses? Ofsted and School Leaders, neither of which are directly within the control of the department.
The two most often-mentioned tasks that added to workload? Excessive data and excessive marking. No prizes for guessing who the main drivers of those excessive demands are.
One has to ask what people were really looking for from the DfE in response to these challenges.
The reality is that the DfE had tasked itself with a mission of improving something that it really couldn’t control. It’s true…
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Mary Myatt’s site (link in blog) has lots of really useful resources. Well worth a visit!