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Teaching and Learning is Dead

We've all been there: formal observation with a non-specialist. Being told that our AfL was sub-par, that our activities weren't engaging enough, that we hadn't appropriately differentiated for SEN, EAL, PP, G&T, HPA, LPA etc etc. It's incredibly frustrating to... Continue Reading →

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Modelling Curricular Thinking: Inspired by Ben Ranson

I was just settling in for a well-earned evening playing video games on my laptop when I saw this thread by Ben Ranson: https://twitter.com/ThatBenRanson/status/1092498480445227009 The reason why Ben's thread is important is because it models curricular thinking. Most of us... Continue Reading →

Core and hinterland: What’s what and why it matters

In 1918, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to a war criminal. In the early years of the 20th century, German scientist Fritz Haber developed a process to artificially synthesise ammonia, a vital component of agricultural fertilisers. A reaction... Continue Reading →

The molecular Biology of a PGCE course – Dr Andrew Carroll

Below is Dr Andrew Carroll's ¬†contribution to the Curriculum in Science Symposium. See here for the introduction to the symposium and links to other contributions. In this brief paper I will attempt to illustrate how, in my role as a... Continue Reading →

Diiferentiation is well-intentioned. But it is bankrupt – Guest Post

The below was sent to me by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of ramifications if their senior leaders see it. Please read, enjoy, and show them some support.¬† *** Humans are intentional beings. We want things... Continue Reading →

Data’s veil of ignorance

A few years back I went for a pizza with an old friend. We shared a pretty large pizza but somehow ended up with just one slice left between the two of us which we both desperately wanted. Bearing in... Continue Reading →

Are educational videos rubbish?

A little while back I was observed teaching my year 10s about the development of the periodic table and Mendeleev's contributions. As per usual, I explained a bit, the students did some work, we went over their work, then I... Continue Reading →

The six best blogs I’ve read this year

I love reading education blogs, and this year has been a great year for it. There has been a ton of incredibly interesting stuff published, and I know that my practice has changed for the better because of it. I've... Continue Reading →

The Slow Practical

In a previous post, I described a simplified model of Cognitive Load Theory. The advantage of the model I presented is that it allows teachers a ready framework from which to make decisions in and before class about how best... Continue Reading →

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