I recently met with some teachers from a nearby language centre for an informal chat and to give them some guidance and ideas to develop themselves and their institution. The primary reason we met was because a colleague of mine mentioned that the language centre was without a senior teacher / academic director, and the… Continue reading Planning Learning on Multiple Levels
This might seem like a stupid question on the face of it. We all know what education is, you might think. And I think to some degree that’s probably a fair claim. We all know what education is because we’ve all experienced it. We could all point to it and say, “Look, that’s education”. However,… Continue reading What is education and what is it for?
Why Education Stagnates A colleague recently asked me a particularly interesting question, the answer to which I had held in my head for quite some time but had never really verbalised before. As such, I wasn’t able to express myself as clearly as I would have liked at the time, so this post is an… Continue reading On Progress or the Lack Thereof
I’ve spent a lot a time talking about Bloom’s Cognitive Domains lately. This is largely because I’ve been invited to speak at a number of institutions about Critical Thinking, and in every instance so far, the teachers have informed me that, in one way or another, their institutions encourage them to “use Bloom’s Taxonomy”. When… Continue reading Levels of Understanding
Competition in the classroom: perhaps one of the longest enduring debates on teaching methodology to date. Through the training programmes I have conducted both for local teachers here in Indonesia and for teachers from around the world, I continue to see a fairly even split between those who say competition in the classroom is a… Continue reading On Competition in the Global Era
And It’s Not a Bad Thing Occasionally, we can teach a lesson and come back to it later only to find that the students have forgotten it entirely. You might have felt that the initial lesson was a diamond—everything went well, the students were engaged, interest and participation were high, everybody left happy and wiser—and… Continue reading Your Students Will Forget What You Teach Them
Classroom Culture, Pt. II At the recent TeacherTalkTime event, an important point was raised that spanned several of the topics discussed. It’s important because it is apparently a fairly universal problem and one that can seem insurmountable to many teachers. The solution, I am confident, falls under the banner of classroom culture, which I first… Continue reading On Establishing Classroom Dynamics
Read about the success of the inaugural TeacherTalkTime held in Jakarta on 13 May.
An Essential but Misguided Concept Accountability is a word certain to draw a rift between teachers and the people who employ and appraise them. Generally speaking, education administrators, policy makers and those who employ teachers need to know how well teachers are performing and whether the students are getting the education they need/expect, while teachers… Continue reading Redefining Teacher Accountability
How to get teaching completely backwards. As with many areas in life, often the things that seem most obvious, most instinctual, are in fact not right, and when we pause to look a little closer, we realise that the counterintuitive alternative is actually better. For example, people spend excessive energy trying to avoid making mistakes… Continue reading Teach First, Ask Questions Later