Category Archives: Pedagogy

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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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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One rule for me, another one for them

I found myself giving a wry smile to the latest from Kevin Stannard in the TES: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/too-many-educationalists-take-unforgiving-line-all-education For years, those of us who questioned the progressive orthodoxy in education were told that there was no evidence for our views. On my PGCE … Continue reading

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Dogmatism in the UK

I have taught abroad in the past in three different countries. I like to think it has given me an additional perspective on my teaching and the confidence to question ideas which are sometimes presented as the last word in pedagogy … Continue reading

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Why Mr Gradgrind, thou art updated – my version!

A fellow blogger published an excellent update to Charles Dickens’ character some time ago. The link is below. https://emc2andallthat.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/why-mr-gradgrind-thou-art-updated/ However, I thought I would also do my own version, now that checklists and “can do” statements seem to be the vogue, thus … Continue reading

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Projects are the best way to learn – not!

Myth number 6 of Daisy Christodoulou’s “7 myths of education”, the myth that projects and activities are the best way to learn, seems to be the one that really causes most dismay among her critics. Kevin Stannard and Tom Sherrington … Continue reading

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