MECE – 7 – Mental Models for Education

...to the real.

Pronounced ‘Mee-See,’ this is another fave from the world of consulting.

When mapping out a curriculum, assessment, taxonomy, decision or driver tree, consider whether its components as you’ve outlined them are Mutually Exclusive, as well as Collectively Exhaustive.

In other words, make sure your categories don’t overlap, and check they cover everything.

I use MindsetKnowledge and Craft as a taxonomy for teacher training.  Each of these breaks down further.

Mindset: Beliefs and behaviours (thanks to Matt Hood for that breakdown suggestion)

Knowledge: Theory, Subject, Pedagogy, Context

Context breaks down further still.

Context: Historical, Contemporary

At each stage, ideally, those boxes wouldn’t overlap, yet together they would incorporate everything a teacher needs to teach effectively.

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At each stage, ideally, there would be three boxes, and never more than five; remember, this is a tool to aid thinking and help make decisions.  The more complex it…

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About Kris Boulton

Teach First 2011 maths teacher, focussed on curriculum design.
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