Monthly Archives: September 2015

September on The Learning Spy – David Didau: The Learning Spy

Last month was a bit on the patchy side. I blogged like fury, then nothing for a week. Anyway, here’s my output over the month including the last, dying days of August: Can we make learning permanent? 30th August – Revisiting … Continue reading

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One flew over the maths planning

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The Science of Learning – David Didau: The Learning Spy

Loyal readers may remember my attempts to wade through the Top 20 Principles of Psychology for Teaching & Learning report from the APA. If you haven’t already read it, don’t bother. This remarkably concise digest produced by Deans for Impact does … Continue reading

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What’s the Purpose? – Teach Like a Champion

I am reading Eric Kalenze’s Education is Upside Down.  He observes: “It’s a vast overstatement to say that a single… institutional mission exists to guide [the] practices of American education.” Reading that reminded me of a question we asked when … Continue reading

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Chanting in Unison

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
E D Hirsch comments that we should acknowledge the superiority of individual instruction, while realising that it is not viable in a large scale education system, and so we must, if we do not…

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Phonics: Why Muddled Methods Persist

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
The whole story of progressivism is the story of the victory of ideology over reality. One of the central progressive beliefs, which is accepted a priori, is that learning is a natural process. The…

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I got a bit of a mention

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
In case you missed it, I was recently mentioned in an essay by UK Schools Minister Nick Gibb: The essay comes from a collection produced by the think-tank Policy Exchange. It was put together…

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