The assumption that underpins all of your work

The assumption that underpins all of your work

… is that people can change, and that things can get better. If you didn’t believe this already you probably wouldn’t be reading this. The question is, do you act as if it’s true? Which areas of your own life…

Seth Godin on good teachers

Here’s the secret, I think: teaching is empathy.If you have a bad teacher, who is strict for no reason, who says “there will be a test,” who is strict for no reason, who glosses over things that the class doesn’t…

The Onion (3): exemplar interesting problem – learning to read

Problems gain (or lose) interestingness as their context and scale changes. Take teaching a kids to read as an example. It’s almost inevitable that a child will learn to read given the following ingredients: A supportive family A strong reading…

Seth Godin on transforming education

Seth Godin has written a lot about education – Stop Stealing Dreams (TED talk and longer e-book) is a good place to start. Then it’s worth checking out what he’s actually doing:  the altMBA reverses the usual 90+ percent drop-out…

Creative Commons resources – open source literacy webinar

Note: Links to resources are at the bottom. The footnotes are worth reading. On Thursday I attended ‘Creative Commons Basics’, a webinar hosted by the Global Reading Network. It was very good. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative…

The problem vs your feelings about the problem

Are you dealing with a difficult maths problem or with difficult feelings about a maths problem? Is the struggle with the work itself, or with your feelings – apathy, disillusionment, fury – about doing it? It might help to shift…

Externalities

We’re familiar with the externalities of industrial production and consumption. They’re fairly predictable, and often visible. Even air pollution, the silent killer, is usually visible when it happens, before the poison spreads. It’s a perfect example of a negative externality…

Education for the future: Key tools

Here are some tools that don’t go out of date: Tools for thinking, learning and understanding (the tools that help you acquire new tools); Tools for communicating and teaching (the tools that help you find and enlist others in your…

Machine. Ecosystem. (8) – classrooms as complex adaptive systems

Planning is essential in education, but it’s easy to fall into the habit of treating your session plan or presentation as a set of inputs for a machine: “If I do these things, and introduce this content, and prescribe this…

Cutting edge – learning and change

The edge on a knife is important – it’s the sharp end (okay, side) where the cutting actually takes place. It needs to stay sharp, and keeping it sharp takes care and regular maintenance because it dulls quickly from use…