Category Archives: PGCE

“My students hate me, and I’m a failure of a teacher”

…is a phrase I’ve heard worryingly, reassuringly (it’s not just me!), often. As teachers, we often enter a mental and emotional state where we desperately need someone to say to us: You’re a good teacher; you run great lessons; you teach well. …but it has little or no meaning when coming from an adult. The

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An easy task, not so easy: using “Digital” to teach “Computing”

Over the last two years I’ve done many small bits of teaching Computer Programming and Computational Thinking in schools … without using Computers. Most of it is abstract, and to make that easy to learn you need to provide concrete analogues. That usually means: real, physical items. Today, our “digital” artifacts are nearly always flat,

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Writing about the PGCE

In September 2015, I start a PGCE course at Roehampton University, in London. A year from now, I’ll be qualified as a classroom-teacher, at the basic level (I’ll have another year of on-the-job practice before I become fully qualified). The PGCE is partly a Masters degree (gives 1/3 credit, generally). As part of the course,

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