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DIRTy Work

Excuse the cheap pun of a title. With all the public furore about the Daily Mail I couldn’t help but be mindful of a tabloid headline! DIRT, if you didn’t know, is an acronym. Apologies if you are tired of acronyms, but admit it, sometimes they are just plain useful. DIRT stands for ‘Dedicated Improvement …

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Beyond ‘Constructivism versus Direct Instruction’

This morning I read an excellent blog post by Martin Robinson (@SurrealAnarchy), writer of ‘Trivium 21c‘ – see here. I was particularly struck by this sage statement: “Our need is not to fashion an easy answer but to hold the competing ideologies together in an awkward contradictory balance, as we do in liberal democracies, for …

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Opening The Door On Our ‘Craft Knowledge’

My last post of the school year is a resolution for the school year ahead. There is no special philosophy, research or expensive equipment required. It is a simple focus on ‘opening the door’ more in the coming year. It is about sharing. Not just in the sense of sharing knowledge through blogs, Teachmeets or …

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