What I got up to at the Wellington Festival of Education Part 1


Sadly, I missed most of the Friday. I spent the morning speaking at a maths conference (I know, right?) on correcting the mistakes made in the name of ‘numeracy across the curriculum’. If you’re interested, I argued that whilst numeracy has a pretty superficial connection with much that goes on in other subjects, mathematical thinking would be a far more powerful way to explicitly teach pupils to filter how they viewed the curriculum. I may blog on this at some point in the future.

Then, channeling the spirit of the John Cleese film Clockwise I had to race across to Wellington in a 1979 VW Campervan. I arrived for my debate with the legendary Dylan Wiliam with about 5 minutes to spare and sweating profusely.

For those who don’t know, I wrote a post earlier in the year in which I set out my ideas on why AfL might be wrong. Generously, Dylan took the time to set out a defence and we subsequently agreed to thrash out our differences in front of a live audience. Not having met Dylan before I wasn’t sure what to expect. There is no doubt that he is a good deal wiser and better read than I – I suspect that if he’d wanted he could easily have made me look foolish. However, I found him as generous in person as he has been online.

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