Independent Writing and Independent Moderators

  The teacher assessment writing exemplification materials for KS1 and KS2 have finally been released.  As Michael Tidd points out in his blog, there are already questions about the extent to which the writing judged will be truly independent. In fact, it could be argued that writing in KS2 which has been planned and drafted over…

Races or Geographical Groups?

Mia Culpa A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to this programme on the subject of race. There were a couple of assertions that Andrew Sabisky (@AndrewSabisky) disagreed with including black people are better at sports and that race does not exist biologically. He sent me the following paper to read: Race by Sesardic….

Why Taking Responsibility Matters

After reading this post about progressive teachers, I reflected on the difference in our experience of teachers and school. Firstly, any teacher who puts a child down because of appearance, clothes, etc. is unacceptable. In fact, scratch that – any adult working with children. While volunteering as an Independent Custody Visitor, I saw an 11-year-old being held in…

The Earth is Flat – I Didn’t Want To Believe it Either

According to the rapper BoB, the Earth is flat. His recent tweeting activity included this insight as well as pictures to prove he was right. Also how does one explain this? Or this? BoB is not alone though – there is of course the Flat Earth Movement who agree with him. Hell they go one further,…

Epiphany

The word epiphany has many definitions. However this one explains my experience of an epiphany the best: “a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you.” Source: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/epiphany  At the age of 32, I finally realised that I was a human being, I…

Being Human

Human beings are funny things, they really are. Despite the fact that we are all equally human, we seem to love inequality. We have created stratified societies; we have created divisions based on religion, colour of people’s skin, height, weight, language, etc. These differences exist but variations are just that, variations.The meaning we choose to attach…

Can Cross Curricular Be Brilliant? Yes!

There are times when I get it completely wrong. At first glance, the paperclip butterfly picture, introducing Sinead Gaffney’s (@shinpad1) article in TES this week, jumped out as a trigger warning of child-centredness. Her article though is an eloquently argued piece, insightful and gives coverage to the realities of teaching younger children which are more…

Why Do Crybullies Go To University?

I have veered between being utterly bewildered at the current crop of crybully university students, with their intolerant politics and need for ‘safe spaces’, and angry that their main goal seems to be to complain rather than learn. So far the worst of this seems to have occurred in the US, but it’s gathering a similar…

Why Don’t Intervention Strategies Use Progressive Methods?

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. Ignacio ‘Estrada Hands up if you have worked, or are working, in a school that has Estrada’s quote proudly displayed as an inspirational poster? Well, inspirational for the progressive teacher maybe. I always saw it as a lament aimed…

A Series of Blogs: Stories my Mother Told Me

I wrote this series of blogs as a preface in many ways to the next blog that I am about to write. I felt it important to make my views on certain matters clear instead of trying to mix them in with a blog addressing the curriculum. So here they are: Stories my Mother Told…