How to Learn Latin: the Reginald Foster Method at Ealing Abbey

Quodcumque - Serious Christianity

For almost twenty years I have had the privilege of watching people teach. I have seen lessons in every subject of the curriculum and with pupils from 3 to 18 years of age. For a time I graded those lessons according to Ofsted criteria, sometimes those observations were part of SIAMS inspections, mock-Ofsteds or performance management. I am now, I must say somewhat ashamed of some of the things I said, or feedback I gave. My own changing ideas about what constitutes learning and good education have been documented here on this blog (see here for example). I now believe profoundly in traditional, didactic, teaching methods, in a knowledge based approach to learning and in memorisation. Memory, not discovery, enjoyment, discussion or even skills, is the basic building block of learning. The memory that is significant for learning is semantic, not episodic.

Throughout my adult life I have also attempted…

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