Tag Archives: learning

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“What is the purpose of education?” could as easily be rephrased: “What is education?” Are we discussing the system of schooling by government, ways of raising children as ‘useful’ members of society, deciding what should be taught, or something completely different?
Not every child is going to be a genius, but after 10,000+ hours in school they ought to be leaving as successful learners of something… Continue reading

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Education reform is about changing a product. It will be more effective, instead, to focus on promoting learning as a continuous process built on content if we want to bring about a real and lasting transformation… Continue reading

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So how does learning really happen… Continue reading

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One of the analogies I have used in past CPD sessions about teaching and intervention is connected to the idea of maps, car-navigation systems, driving and being a passenger.  I generally use it to illustrate levels of intervention, but it … Continue reading

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It seems a natural thing for educators who are like me to spend time reflecting on themselves and their work, and then for them to take action on their reflections.  In my own case, the reflective process is also combined … Continue reading

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No, you didn’t mis-read, I do think that mathematics is a language, with its own culture and literature, but seemingly inaccessible to the non-speakers.
Those of you, like me, who ‘get it’ and, more to the point, understand and enjoy teaching mathematics probably feel the same frustration as a tourist in the Brazilian rainforest trying to describe a 4G phone to an Amazonian who knows what telephones are, but doesn’t really see how they can be useful in hunting tapir… At least, if you’re anything like me you will! Continue reading

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It has been about 5 months since I left Japan and I am surprised – although maybe I shouldn’t be – at how much not being constantly exposed to a language causes it to disappear.  I have had the occasional … Continue reading