Monthly Archives: June 2016

What is progressive? What is traditional?

“Perhaps it shouldn’t matter that they don’t know who Churchill is. Perhaps it shouldn’t matter that they know nothing at all. But when other children know, when other children understand the world in which they live and mine do not, … Continue reading

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Why PLCs might not be effective

If your school is in the PiXl group, you may well be encouraged to make use of personal learning checklists, or PLCs, to use one of many PiXL acronyms. On the face of it, these seem like a good idea. What … Continue reading

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A dangerous dichotomy

“I can hardly believe this article! Resilience, problem solving, change management, communication skills and other so-called “soft skills” are exactly what employers want, more so than narrow exams the kids crammed for so their school could get a clutch of … Continue reading

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Why the traditional/progressive debate won’t go away.

A lot of people claim the traditional/progressive debate is boring and worth putting to bed. Most teachers, it is said, use a mixture of methods. I would probably agree with this. I describe myself as broadly traditional, but this does not … Continue reading

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