Aren’t ‘Progressive’ and ‘Traditional’ pedagogues just two sides of the same coin: Teaching?

The past year or so, it seems, has been dominated by a divisive and polarising argument about progressive teaching versus traditional teaching methods.  I've watched this debate developing with interest and also a bit of growing alarm.  Despite everything that's been researched, written, argued and demonstrated, I don't think it's an either/or debate at all. ... Continue Reading →

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Leading Issues

It might be old-fashioned to liken leadership to military structures but, as the son of a soldier and as a graduate of miltary school, I have to say that I've learned much from the ways in which the military exercise their leadership roles.  I think in the olden days, Tennyson's version of leadership and duty... Continue Reading →

What do we mean by 21st Century skills? Aren’t they just, well, skills?

STEAM, Entrepreneurship, Critical Thinking, Collaborations, Out-Of-The-Box Thinking.  If you've ever listened to words like this being bandied around your school meetings, PD conferences or just the Bloggosphere, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.  I read this the other day and it got me thinking. The idea seems to be that we... Continue Reading →

Are We Having Fun Yet?

It's getting perilously close to that moment when students will start coming in to my classroom and saying: "Sir, can we do something fun today?" My stock response is always that everything we do in class is fun.  Unpicking the thoughts of a genius who wrote plays over 400 years ago or having a go... Continue Reading →

On the Trail: Life as a Student

I've written here about my misgivings concerning formal lesson observations and the bloggershpere is similarly full of reasons why observations and their aims are flawed especially when they are used to grade the effectiveness of teachers or, indeed, progress.  As we know, there are problems with any observation not least that what you see will... Continue Reading →

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