Author Archives: The Quirky Teacher

Do the children know what we’re going on about?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This blog post is about edu-lingo and it’s probably the one of the few times I will make a concession to the whole ‘child-centred’ thing. Now is a good time to write because I…

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In defence of the anecdote

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Every now and then I catch a vibe on edu-media that seems to imply that ordinary people shouldn’t take part in discussion or venture opinions because: They’re not ‘professionals’ (i.e well-known enough) They’re not…

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The big taboo in maths: tolerating the bad sports and destroying the confidence of the nerds

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Having written recently about Dr J. Boaler’s views on memorisation of maths facts and the usefulness of timed tests, something was still niggling and I couldn’t help but think a bit more about my…

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Jo Boaler is wrong about maths facts and timed tests

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This is a blog post about how Jo Boaler is wrong when she asserts that learning maths facts off by heart and times tests are detrimental to children’s well-being and mathematical ability. I’ve actually…

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Little children do not need to be ‘critical thinkers’

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I read this really interesting article this morning and it got me thinking about primary schools in the UK. You know that I have written before about feeling like I’ve landed in an alien…

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Why I continue to take part in and promote The Debate

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
This is another riposte to the ‘Oh the trad/prog thing isn’t even real; it’s all about teaching methods that work’ type tweets that keep flashing up whenever I open the twitter app on my…

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The eduhackers – a select subgroup of lifehackers?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I am a big-time fan of the whole lifehacking scene right now. If you’re not aware of this movement it’s because you probably think that the current zeitgeist is all about hipsters and eating…

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