Category Archives: Teaching

From curiosity to compliance

It occurred to me the other day that before toddlers start school they are endlessly playful, curious, their hands into all sorts of things and a ceaseless list of ‘why’ questions. Good parenting involves interacting with such children in a … Continue reading

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In education, testing does not raise stated standards

Those who believe educational performance can be raised to standards by frequent, more rigorous and robust testing are using a non-pedagogic definition of education. Were they to do so they would know (a) that standards are stated eg. run a … Continue reading

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Seeing double: further steps in the left-to-right or right-to-left story

Remember the story so far? Gabriel ‘air writing’ the number 422, but by pointing right-to-left (RTL) while saying ie reading out, “2,2,4″. And that the interpretation is that Gabriel is a latent left hander. The next steps should provide sufficient … Continue reading

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Right to left reading writing: what a 4 year old can teach us

Walking back home, uphill, with my 4 year old grandson, Gabriel, the other day, we were chatting when he announced that he lived at “two two four”. In fact he lives at 422 ie. “four two two”. Clearly he has … Continue reading

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Does the education secretary know the difference between student and pupil.

On 2nd November the education secretary Nicky Morgan justified her proposed reintroduction of national tests for seven-year-olds in England, saying “robust” assessment was needed to measure progress in schools. To quote “To be really confident that students are progressing well … Continue reading

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