On fads and fashions

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I really enjoyed this recent post by the great Tom Sherrington on Lessons That Misfire. In this post Tom carefully explains the conditions that make a great lesson before giving examples of the terrible activities he has seen that fail to deliver them. Most of these activities are ones I was encouraged to use when I first started teaching. They were the kind of thing you were expected to wheel out when being observed. They include things like treasure hunt activities, making things (where the objective isn’t how to make them) and grid fills. I found myself reading them and sniggering along at the idiocy of it all. These are clearly fads that have no place in the classroom.

Then I had a scroll through Twitter. One of the things being chewed over at the moment is…

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