Sir Ken Robinson – Bring On The Learning Revolution

Here is another amazing Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson about education and the way it can encourage or take us away from our talents. He speaks about a second climate crisis where the resources are people and the talents that exist within them.  It makes for fascinating viewing. Do you think education nurtures the … Continue reading Sir Ken Robinson – Bring On The Learning Revolution

A view on Standardised Testing

Here is a fascinating view on a standardised testing focussed teaching, the real purpose of an education and the gap she feels that exists between them.  Whilst the speaker is talking about America, it has a broad application.  What are views on this?  Comment and share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woVtj8GH678 Dave Horn Kappu Education Blogger and Researcher

Author Philip Pullman speaks about the UK Education System

Author of the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, Philp Pullman, speaks about the UK education system.  In this interview he talks about the need to trust teachers and the importance of imagination in schools.  As he says; "No work of art ... was ever reasoned into existence". Let us know your views on this by commenting … Continue reading Author Philip Pullman speaks about the UK Education System

The Deep Think – Schools Where The Student Chooses What To Learn

We are all familiar with cirriculums.  As students or teachers we have all been guided by these, and what we have know has been shaped in some way by the cirriculums that were prevalent when we were in education. But what about a school where the student chooses what they want to learn?  This is … Continue reading The Deep Think – Schools Where The Student Chooses What To Learn

The Deep Think – Creativity In Schools

Creativity in schools is a contentious subject in some countries where it is regulary  relegated further and further into the background.  A recent study by the Pew Research Group in the USA conducted research in 19 countries to discover whether a creative or 'academic basics' approach was favoured.  The results were varied and reflected trends … Continue reading The Deep Think – Creativity In Schools

The Deep Think – Motivation, Mixed Messages, And The Condition Of Boys Everywhere

This Sundays' Deep Think centers on education in the Middle East and the success of girls in these education systems over boys.  In a powerful article written by Amanda Ripley for The Atlantic, Amanda looks into this in an in-depth and illuminating way. The answers as Ripley goes on to explore are far from simple, … Continue reading The Deep Think – Motivation, Mixed Messages, And The Condition Of Boys Everywhere

Cognitive Load Theory – “the single most important thing for teachers to know”

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Earlier, renowned educationalist Dylan Wiliam tweeted:

I therefore thought that I would take the opportunity to suggest a few articles that teachers can access to find out more.

Firstly, I have written a piece for The Conversation that provides a very basic introduction to Cognitive Load Theory (CLT), demonstrating how it applies to practical teaching problems.

In his tweet, Wiliam provides a link to a paper on the history of CLT written by John Sweller which also outlines some practical issues.

I first became aware of CLT through reading the seminal paper “Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching,” by Paul Kirschner, John Sweller and Richard Clark. This…

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The Deep Think – Taking Hong Kong Education Into The Digital Age

Here is an article in the Comment / Insight and Opinion section of the South China Morning Post.  It talks about secondary education in Hong Kong and the benefits of embracing the digital age in a more serious way.  Speaking about the Diploma of Secondary Education in Hong Kong, Simon Wang says: With the advent … Continue reading The Deep Think – Taking Hong Kong Education Into The Digital Age

The Deep Think – What The Finnish Education System Could Learn From Asia

Here is an insight from a Finnish student who studied in Hong Kong for her a degree.  Hannamiina has first hand experience of the Hong Kong learning system and says there are lessons that the Finnish education system should embrace.  It is an interesting comparison.  What do you think? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXihBgHJelY