The Learning Tour of PISA
07/31/2011 23:50:44 PM
Learning Tower of PISA The word of education is awash with data – particularly testing results. While I personally have significant reservations about both the use and usefulness of much of this data, due to a combination of the harm it can do to students, teachers, parents and sch..
How to win the "best schools" competition - don't play the game!
07/24/2011 20:04:10 PM
A week ago my knowledge of the education system of Finland was, to be honest, almost non-existent. I knew that they were consistently ranked number one of all “Western” countries in PISA testing but had no idea how they did it. Then, last weekend, I attended a key..
Is 8% a big number?
07/12/2011 18:20:04 PM
Is 8% a big number? Is 8% a big number? To some extent it depends on context but most of us would agree that it is usually a significant number. Who would turn down a pay increase of 8%?
A major study (cost = $12 000 000 USD) of twins in Australia and the United States has found th..
"The more I practice the luckier I get." Mindset and Carol Dweck
07/12/2011 00:54:57 AM
“The harder I practice the luckier I get.”
Psychologist Carol Dweck has given the educational community one of the most positive educational concepts yet to be developed – mindset. Like many good ideas it is deceptively simple – but the implications for schools are prof..
“Visions of Students Today”. Whose education is it anyway?
06/28/2011 20:19:35 PM
If a picture is worth a thousand words ...how much is a video worth? These ones are priceless – for educators of post-compulsory students. To call the two videos featured in this post “thought provoking” is an understatement.
Both videos are created by Michael Wesch &n..
Mathematical Maverick – Dan Meyer – “Be less helpful”
06/28/2011 20:16:47 PM
If mathematics has a poster boy it is – or at least should be – Dan Meyer. Meyer is something of a rarity in the field of public discussion of mathematics; he is not an academic, he is not an educational administrator, he is a teacher - someone who works in real c..
Mathematician's Lament - Paul Lockhart
06/28/2011 20:13:50 PM
Following on consistently in my habit of being the last kid on the block to discover something I recently fell upon “Mathematician’s Lament” by Paul Lockhart. The history of the book is interesting in itself – it actually started life as a 25 page type written document ..
Do we blame dentists for tooth decay?
06/28/2011 20:08:12 PM
I’ve been reading a lot of assignments of late to do with literacy generally and the “literacy wars” in particular. Perhaps predictably the students fall comfortably into the “phonics” or “whole language” camps – few have made the accurate ..
Students leaving a legacy - Alan November
06/28/2011 20:06:29 PM
We live in an era of bells and whistles and razzmatazz, the 30 second sound bite, flash animations and “edutainment”. For a message to “hit home” it has to be delivered with all the “bells and whistles” that are possible. Right? Wrong.Educational..
First Grade Society
05/30/2011 17:24:57 PM
First graders are social little people. They are with lots of different kids, as well as adults, all day every day. This discusses certain aspects of social growth and changes that first graders encounter. It is by no means inclusive of every social issue that children may face – but it wi..
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