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About ijstock

I offer short courses in the basics of Critical Thinking to small groups. I am a former teacher with 30 years' experience. I taught CT to 'A' Level for a significant period.

Critical thinking- the come-back continues (?)

Originally posted on teaching personally:
Right-on educationalists never miss a trick when it comes to advancing new initiatives for redesigning the educational world. Recent evidence suggests that someone somewhere is driving a post-Covid agenda for “building [education] back better”. Which…

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Chime!

Originally posted on teaching personally:
…is the sound of me finding something that speaks back to me thoughts I have been having for a rather long time. It is always comforting to have one’s confirmation bias massaged of course, though…

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Brass Tacks

Originally posted on teaching personally:
Life?can only be?understood backwards;?but?it?must?be?lived forwards. ?Søren Kierkegaard An ongoing (light-hearted) bone of inter-generational contention in this family is, “You’ll be the same when you’re my age…”. I am not that deterministic in my own outlook,…

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Scrap the “privileged middle class” view

Originally posted on teaching personally:
A recent post by another teacher on social media expressed the hope that children supposedly being “deprived” of their education by lockdown will use the opportunity to learn about wider life experiences, and the growth…

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Rivet counters

Originally posted on teaching personally:
This is my lockdown project: OK I admit it, I am a railway modeller. I have been one for around fifty years, well before that hobby’s supposed new-found Lockdown Cool. It’s a profound and wide-ranging…

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Gimme time!

Originally posted on teaching personally:
There is nothing I like more than settling down to an activity knowing that there are no constraints on the time I have available to spend on it, and I can in effect continue until…

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Confidence

Originally posted on teaching personally:
During my degree course in the early 1980s, there was one module that struck fear into most geography undergraduates. It had the added sting of being compulsory – and it appeared on the timetable with…

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How do you teach someone to teach?

Originally posted on teaching personally:
A couple of years ago, I was invited to meet the leaders of the Education faculty of a British university, with a view to teaching part-time on their PGCE course. This came as something of…

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Pictures at an exhibition – Part 1.

Originally posted on teaching personally:
“Education is what is left when someone has forgotten everything he learned in school” (Attributed to Alfred Einstein) Hubris is not something I admire, so I apologise in advance for that in the following post…

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Courageous decisions

Originally posted on teaching personally:
There is an episode of Yes Prime Minister when PM Hacker has come up with a radical proposal for reform. He describes it to his permanent secretary, Sir Humphrey, whose reply is, “That is an…

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