My Joyless Curriculum

In a recent interview with TES, the new Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green, made a number of very good points. For example she suggested that schools should focus on teaching “a wider understanding of the world they’re growing up in rather than just teaching skills for future employment” “I want an education system that’s inclusive.…

Teaching – A Generative Learning Strategy

Of the eight generative learning strategies discussed in Fiorella and Mayer’s work, teaching is the one I am most wary of. I think I have been stung from my experiences earlier in my career in which we were frequently told that pupils will always learn best from each other and should therefore be encouraged to…

Doing the Difficult

This post is a response to an interesting tweet and accompanying post by chemistry teacher Adam Boxer. In his post Shifting lines: does everything work somewhere, Boxer presents a compelling argument that it is not enough to say that a policy or intervention should be adopted simple because, if done well, it will work. Instead…

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…

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…