A yearly test? Bring it. | The Quirky Teacher

Right, a very small number of primary schools are seeing the evidence-based light and switching to knowledge-based curricula; hopefully this trend will continue and then we will be rid of this ‘Let the kids bumble their way through life not really learning, so long as they’re happy doing things that interest them’ nonsense once and […]

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A yearly test? Bring it. | The Quirky Teacher

Right, a very small number of primary schools are seeing the evidence-based light and switching to knowledge-based curricula; hopefully this trend will continue and then we will be rid of this ‘Let the kids bumble their way through life not really learning, so long as they’re happy doing things that interest them’ nonsense once and … Continue reading A yearly test? Bring it.

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Is too much choice making children miserable? | The Quirky Teacher

This blog post was inspired by a recent chat I had with a friend who is part of the home-ed scene. We were talking about behaviour and she mentioned that among the extreme ‘child-led’ faction (yes, there are different factions) where children are given freedom to choose what to learn, what to do and are … Continue reading Is too much choice making children miserable?

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When maths practice doesn’t add up | The Quirky Teacher

As twitter was a-buzz with Michaela quotes, something caught my eye this morning: I have, of course, written before about the issue of practice and how I feel that many teachers are not quite aware of what it takes to fully commit maths facts and procedures to memory, or to elucidate whatever pattern has been … Continue reading When maths practice doesn’t add up

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Throwaway culture in schools helps to produce the next generation of consumers | The Quirky Teacher

This week, the number of teenage males living in my house temporarily doubled. In addition to the loo-seat always being up, I found that the sheer amount of food packaging waste generated was really quite concerning and I couldn’t help but shift my home ‘planning’ so that meals were thought about in advance and every … Continue reading Throwaway culture in schools helps to produce the next generation of consumers

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