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Year 6 pupils spend Easter at school cramming for Sats

Teaching officials angry that children are having to attend revision classes over holidaysChildren at hundreds of primary schools in England are being asked to attend Sats revision classes over the Easter holidays, a teaching union official has revealed, warning that it was part of a disturbing trend.Darren Northcott, the NASUWT national officer for education, said revision classes for primary school pupils were unheard of five years ago but that he now knew of hundreds of cases of pupils in the...
Tags: England, Education, UK News, Teaching, Schools, Primary schools, Teacher Network, Teachers' Workload, Pupil behaviour, NASUWT, SATS, Darren Northcott


How social learning made us hugely successful as a species

What distinguishes humans is social learning — and teaching. Crucial to learning and teaching is the value of free expression. And we need political leaders who support environments of social peace and cooperation. Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by now at amazone --> List Price: $30.00 New From: $14.00 in Stock Used From: $12.19 in Stock ...
Tags: Politics, Learning, Relationships, Society, Teaching, Innovation, Evolution, Nicholas Christakis


This app has been dubbed ‘the easiest way to learn piano’

Skoove are getting people learning the piano around the world with their simple app. Skoove are a Berlin based company that are teaching people how to play the piano all across the globe. Their intuitive and easy to use app has seen it dubbed “the easiest way to learn the piano”. The company have just raised €3m (roughly $3.4 million) from new investors Caparuca, MGO Digital Ventures, and Ringier Digital Ventures. Existing investors also helped to fund a boost to the company; Egora Hold...
Tags: Europe, Music, Learning, Berlin, Funding, Learn, App, Software, Teaching, North America, Piano, Application, Lessons, Teach, Skoove, Caparuca MGO Digital Ventures


Do you need a doctorate in composition?

Do you need a doctorate in composition? No, you don’t. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have value. In the nearly twenty years that I have been teaching composition at universities and conservatories, the most common question I am asked by students not already in doctoral programs is which ones they should apply to. The assumption of these young composers is that the next logical or expected step in the progression of their musical development is to seek an advanced degree in a field where...
Tags: Networking, Education, Religion, Articles, San Francisco, Teaching, Career Advice, Commentary, Career Path, PhD, NewMusicBox, Vlad Kutepov, Der Blaue Reiter, Scratch Orchestra


Deconstruction without Reconstruction


Tags: Etsy, Religion, Teaching, Cartoons, David Hayward, Deconstruction


A Plug for “Questions are the Answer”

For some unknown reason, but I’m happy about it, my book Questions are the Answer, is selling again. This is not my attempt to make money because I’ve already been paid for it.  I’m just thankful because it’s helping so many people. Here’s some of the feedback I got from an 18 year old woman. She describes her traumatic deconstruction, then… It was around then that I found your content on Instagram. It was crazy to me; I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t a heretic. I didn’t feel I was devi...
Tags: Religion, Book, Teaching, Cartoons, Questions_are_the_answer_book, Allison Here




Should teachers be fired for nude pics from their past?

Math teacher Lauren Miranda was fired from her Long Island school when a topless selfie surfaced.Miranda had only shared the photo with her ex-boyfriend, who is also a teacher in the school district. She's suing the school for $3 million as well as getting her job back, citing gender discrimination. None Chalk it up to the recurring "blame the woman" sentiment one gender has endured for eons. Only this woman is fighting back.Math teacher Lauren Miranda walked into Bellport Middle School, situat...
Tags: Education, France, Women, America, West Virginia, Barcelona, Snapchat, Teaching, Arizona, Innovation, Morality, Gender Equality, Miranda, Long Island, Social Change, Derek


5 life skills we need to teach in school

A stunning number of adults seem to be coasting by without knowledge of what many would consider extremely basic life skills.From financial literacy to learning how to communicate, the U.S. education system could stand to incorporate courses on the basic skills we need to navigate daily life.This list describes 5 life skills, why we need them in our schools, and the consequences of their absence. None In school, you learned that the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. You learned that C...
Tags: Obesity, Cdc, Life, Finance, America, Communication, Intelligence, Teaching, United States, Innovation, Emotions, University of Pennsylvania, Federal Reserve, Columbus, John Mayer, Morgan


The power of the narrative

Photo from Flickr I'm fascinated by story telling, and I often wonder why TV series are so compelling. This is especially so when I'm binge watching a DVD boxed set. Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings or Line of Duty (or all of them!), you will probably, like many millions of people each week, devote yourself avidly to watching as the tales unfold on your screens.Generally, such TV shows are so compelling because they ...
Tags: Learning, Education, Teaching, Harry Potter, Pedagogy, Character, eLearning, Story Telling, Kurt Vonnegut, Glen, Chekov, Frodo, Daenerys Targaryen, Ron Weasley, Daenerys, Steve Wheeler


Honesty and dialogue

Photo from Pixnio One of the most important lessons I learnt right at the start of my career in education was that teaching was not about 'telling' but about communication. I spent time like any teacher, struggling to share what I knew with students, almost like I was a jug, pouring my knowledge into their mugs. How arrogant that must have seemed.I soon adopted a more participative approach where my students and I had more of a dialogue about what was being learnt. Content was still jus...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Communication, Change, Teaching, Honesty, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Richard Gerver


Why the U.S. can’t replicate Finland’s educational success

Finland's success on international student assessment tests have left many wondering if the United States should adopt its education policies. However, Finland's educational system developed from a culture that maintains education as a fundamental right; the United States lacks such an acknowledgement. Unless the United States undergoes a drastic reassessment of its social contract, meaningful education reform will likely remain out of reach. None Can the United States replicate Finland's educat...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Education, Congress, New York City, Alabama, America, Society, Poverty, Teaching, United States, Innovation, Finland, Inequality, San Antonio


Toddlers engage more with print books than ebooks, developmental researchers say

Neurological development, educational success, social aptitude, the benefits of early reading are well-known. A new study finds that print books offer better communication and bonding opportunities for parents and their toddlers. While more Americans read print books than ebooks, they still don't make reading a priority outside of work and school. None Look into any toddler's room. Some are decked out in home-team banners and sports paraphernalia, others in dinosaurs and star charts. What you'...
Tags: New York, Learning, Parenting, Children, Communication, Play, Teaching, Creativity, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Innovation, Collaboration, Speech, Pew Research Center, Personal Growth, Scholastic, NYU School of Medicine


Confessions of a teacher

Photo from Wikimedia Commons During the life of the Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference (PELeCon), we tried to be innovative, introducing new features each of the ten years the event ran. One of the most innovative (and perhaps controversial) was the inclusion of a confessional booth during the final PELeCon. The idea was simple, and a counterpoint to the sometimes congratulatory culture seen in most conferences. In most other events, all delegates hear are the success stories, and ho...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Youtube, Social Media, Teaching, Teachers, Schools, Honesty, Confessions, eLearning, Tolerance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Pelc, Pelecon


Taking Your Career In Teaching To The Next Level

Your students aren’t the only ones who have the potential for personal growth, you know. You, their teacher, can also shoot for the stars in a bid to take your career to the next level. In order to climb the ladder in your profession, you’re going to have to dedicate yourself to the field of teaching as you’ve never done before. This involves you giving up even more of your free time than you already do, constantly looking for ways to make your lessons far more intuitive and engaging, and learn...
Tags: Startups, Teaching, Career Advice, Others, Southern Cross University, Teaching Profession


Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi wins $1m global award

Franciscan brother who gives away 80% of his income scoops Varkey Foundation prizeA science teacher from rural Kenya who donates most of his salary to help poorer students has been crowned the world’s best teacher and awarded a $1m prize, beating 10,000 nominations from 179 countries.Peter Tabichi, 36, a maths and physics teacher at Keriko secondary school in Pwani Village, in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, has won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Africa, World news, Teaching, Schools, Kenya, Rift Valley, Varkey Foundation, Teaching awards, Peter Tabichi, Keriko, Pwani Village, Varkey Foundation Global


#3quotes from Papert

Image from Wikimedia Commons MIT professor Seymour Papert wanted to turn education on its head.He was disillusioned with the idea that we should 'instruct' children and that they would learn solely from content delivery. He was particularly critical of the use of computers as 'replacements' for teachers. There's a clear indication of those sentiments in this quote from his seminal work from 1980, Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas: “In many schools today, the phrase 'com...
Tags: New York, Technology, Learning, Education, Computers, Teaching, Brighton, Schools, eLearning, Seymour Papert, Papert, Making, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Mindstorms, Doing


Money is Spiritual Course & eBook!

Guys, I’m very happy to announce the opening of my new course and eBook, “Money is Spiritual”. This is particularly for people who have religious, spiritual, personal and emotional hangups about money. This is also for creative people and other entrepreneurs who can’t get over their money issues in order to succeed. Look: I had such limiting beliefs, scarcity mentality, and poverty mindset, that I could not succeed. I recognized my problem, dealt with it, and am now finally enjoyi...
Tags: Money, Religion, Teaching, Cartoons, Money_is_spiritual


Finland’s education system is failing. Should we look to Asia?

Finland scored high on the original PISA education assessment, but its scores have slipped in recent years.Critics argue that Finland's success came from earlier education models, not from headline-making features like late start times, lack of homework, and absence of test assessment.Asia's rigorous education system is now eclipsing Finland's PISA scores. Which approach is the right one? Which is truly shortsighted? None In 2000, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, Education, Society, Taiwan, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Cambridge, Finland, OECD, Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post


All that glitters not gold? Criticisms of Finland’s education system.

Finland scored high on the original PISA education assessment, but its scores have slipped in recent years.Critics argue that Finland's success came from earlier education models, not from headline-making features like late start times, lack of homework, and absence of test assessment.Asia's rigorous education system is now eclipsing Finland's PISA scores. Which approach is the right one? Which is truly shortsighted? None In 2000, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) released...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Japan, Education, Society, Taiwan, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Cambridge, Finland, OECD, Fareed Zakaria, The Washington Post


#3quotes from Bruner

Photo by Crabchick on Flickr In my #3quotes series I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas and theories in context. Too often, writers cite from theorists using secondary sources instead of delving into the original texts. In this post I will featuring direct quotations from legendary American psychologist Jerome S Bruner, whose work focused on the psychology of learning, pedagogical methods such as instructional scaffoldi...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Education, Boston, Scaffolding, Teaching, Ross, eLearning, Harvard University Press, Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Social Constructivism, Crabchick, Jerome S Bruner


Standardized tests: Finland’s education system vs. the U.S.

Imperial China developed the first standardized tests for bureaucratic hopefuls.Finland has all but done away with standardized tests, and its education system remains one of the best in the world.The United States relies heavily on these tests and scores lower than Finland in academic rigor, yet provides a more balanced educational system for boys and girls, as well as immigrantsImperial China developed the world's first standardized tests. During the country's Tang dynasty, bureaucratic hopefu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Florida, Texas, Education, California, China, Singapore, New York City, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland


#3quotes from Holt

Image from Wikimedia Commons In this series called #3quotes I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas within context. Too often, writers cite from theorists without delving into the original texts. In this post I feature the American educator John Holt. Holt was best known for his progressive approach to education, and his criticisms of state-funded school systems. I have drawn three quotes from his 1983 classic How Children...
Tags: New York, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Lisa, Holt, John Holt, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Progressive Education, John Holt Holt, De Capo Press Previous


How does Finland’s top-ranking education system work?

Finland has been a top contender on every Program for International Student Assessment survey.The country built a comprehensive education structure designed to offer citizens free education with no dead ends.The inspiration for Finland's approach was American education research and philosophers such as John Dewey.Finland's education system enjoys a lot of buzz lately. It is considered one of the best education systems in the world. It routinely outperforms the United States in reading, science, ...
Tags: Europe, Education, Washington Post, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland, Universities, Social Change, Don, John Dewey, Dewey, Pasi Sahlberg


#3quotes from Montessori

Image from Wikimedia Commons Maria Montessori is a controversial figure in education. She is considered by many to be a true visionary, while others consider her methods to be detrimental. She was highly critical of formalised education systems and believed they actually obstructed children's potential to learn. She saw transmission methods of teaching as a great travesty, and worked incessantly to create alternative methods of education that were more child centred and which led to gre...
Tags: School, Learning, Teaching, Discipline, eLearning, Behaviour, Montessori, Maria Montessori, Mastery, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, education Maria Montessori, Wikimedia Commons Maria Montessori, Montessori Method Blacksburg


5 Reasons I Didn’t Enjoy Teaching In Korea

If you’ve ever googled “working abroad,” you’ve almost certainly come across teaching positions in South Korea. The online job boards are always full of available positions, the pay is good, and the benefits include cheap healthcare and a year-end bonus. Usually, the only qualification needed is a bachelor’s degree in anything. A year out of college, I took one of those jobs posted online and moved across the world to the small city of Donghae-si. Based on every article and blog post I’d read ab...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Featured, Teaching, Korea, Columbia University, States, Seoul, Skype, Solo Travel, Esl, Teaching English, Tefl, Work Abroad


#3quotes from Vygotsky

Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky is revered as a notable pioneer of research into learning and cognitive development. Although his writings were suppressed in the West for several decades, they eventually emerged in the 70s, representative of a progressive view of constructivism, in which the social was seen as a major influence on learning.His seminal work Mind in Society (1978) has been widely cited although not widely read, but it is important to draw Vygotsky's ideas from their origin. Her...
Tags: Social, School, Learning, Education, Teaching, West, eLearning, Cultural, Vygotsky, ZPD, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Constructivism, Lev Vygotsky, Mind in Society, Harvard University Press Previous


#3quotes from Illich

This is a continuation of my short blog series on 3 quotes from seminal education writers. Today, I feature the anarchist education theorist Ivan Illich.For many, Ivan Illich remains one of the sternest critics of compulsory mass education. His controversial volume Deschooling Society (1970) was a radical, neo-Marxist perspective on the control exerted upon society by oppressive education systems. It was also a progressive manifesto for change, where he espoused 'Learning Webs' (the title of Ch...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Illich, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Ivan Illich, WEBS, Funnels, Deschooling, Marion Boyers Publishers Previous


A pain in the Arts

Photo by Steve Wheeler In yesterday's post about the BETT Show, I wrote about how people are the most important element of the massive education trade show. I met up with many old friends and colleagues during the 3 days I was at the show, and especially enjoyed catching up with some I had worked with during my time at Plymouth University. One, James Bettany, is still teaching there, and we spent a good two hours together reminiscing, and exchanging news. James mentioned to me that he i...
Tags: Hollywood, Arts, Learning, Education, Government, Teaching, Schools, Harry Potter, Michael Rosen, eLearning, James, Isaacs, Rosen, Goldsmiths University, Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy


Wealth inequality is literally killing us. The economy should work for everyone.

Economic hardship is linked to physical and psychological illness, resulting in added healthcare expenses people can't afford.The gig economy – think Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy – is marketed as a 'be your own boss' revolution, but it can be dehumanizing and dangerous; every worker is disposable.The cooperative business model can help reverse wealth inequality. Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America by now at amazo...
Tags: Security, Work, Uber, Journalism, Economics, Teaching, Mental Health, Work-life balance, Innovation, Inequality, Afford America