On becoming part of the problem.

If I can’t impress you with my quality I will overwhelm you with my quantity. Emile Zola I have been reflecting a lot of writing recently. I am possibly one of the most prolific education writers out there. There are certainly much better education writers than me, Biesta’s work is pure poetry for example, but…

The Art of Getting it Wrong: Or how not to CPD

One of the things I love abut twitter (other than the obvious access to D&D chat and the fact that Mark Hamill liked my tweet!!) is how it gets me thinking. I have always been a reflective practitioner. Indeed, I have, and continue to be, a reflective person, sometimes spending far too much time reflecting…

Making Slow Progress

One thing which has been reiterated time and again during my years in education is that progress should be rapid. Pupils need to make rapid progress in lessons, results need to improve rapidly, change needs to happen fast and nothing, absolutely nothing, can stand still for a moment. Education is always in the midst of…

Reflections from a Strange Year

“Isn’t life exciting! Everything can change all of a sudden, and for no reason at all!” Tove Jansson, Moominpappa At Sea I always knew that this year was going to be an unusual one. For the first time in 23 years I would not be part of a school, with my own groups and classes and…

Flipping the Coin: Generative Learning in Action

Our brand new book, Generative Learning in Action by Zoe and Mark Enser is available for pre-order now! In this post we explain the thinking behind it. It is a question which seemed to dominate the educational world for quite some time: where were you when you first heard about the Rosenshine’s Principles? On first…

Powerful Geography – The Book! (Part 1).

“Anything is geography”. These three words seemed to defined the thinking around the geography curriculum when I started teaching in 2004 and, for a while, this seemed hugely exciting. Geography is such a broad discipline that we could study anything in our classroom, put anything into a program of study, at least until we had…

Worth doing and worth going to do

This is a guest post from the brilliant Alistair Hamill • Head of Geography • SLT (T&L) • Shared Ed. Leader • GIS advocate • Learning Lead in Craigavon ALC • Mainstage speaker at Esri UC • Textbook author • PQH The vital role of fieldwork in the experience of learning geography Listen to a…

Entering the Labyrinth

Latest post from Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) on the mysteries of memory. This week has been a tough week. It would appear that my mum, who is 89 and has dementia, has been taking a turn for the worse. Yesterday it was clear she didn’t remember my dad, having married him in 1952, and the idea…

The heart and soul of the subject

Remember that thought experiment There is a hot air balloon carrying a scientist, a mathematician, a geographer a nurse. As it drifts out over the ocean it starts to lose height. Something is getting thrown overboard and everyone must justify their place. We are going through something similar as a result of Ofqual’s consultation on…