Tag Archives: primary

The medium of thought: @Scratch is bad for learning Programming and Computational Thinking? #coding #edtech #education

…Maybe. It depends. I’m increasingly frustrated by the various groups and media who seemingly want to shoot-down all the positive work we do with teaching good programming practice in textual programming languages. While tens of thousands of educators have been pushing ahead with the 21st century, teaching children not only to program, but more importantly

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Why use #python when teaching #coding in school?

Much (most?) of the literature is gloriously one-sided and IMHO deceptive in pretending that Python is good at many things it sucks at. This doesn’t help those teachers trying to make a fair and balanced decision. Overall, I believe that if you learn programming primarily via Python you’ll be a weaker programmer than if you

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Ideas for Y7-Y9 coding lessons from Usborne books

Last week, Usborne made their 1980’s books on computer-programming available free for anyone to download (PDFs here – click on the book covers over on the right hand side). The “Computer Games Listings” books are particularly interesting; is there any use in them for teaching Computing today? Listings The listings are surprisingly hard to invent:

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Do these new @educationgovuk exams test the children, or test the teaching?

Another year, another government announces more compulsory exams for young children – enforced testing of timestables for children leaving Primary. I detest exams. Not because I was bad at them – I won scholarships, I got into a top University, and graduated with little effort. But exams frustrated and annoyed me; I felt from the

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The curse of a perfect memory

It is easy, as a Teacher, to assume that everything your pupils learnt in the last lesson they will still know in the next lesson. For you – slaving over hot lesson plans, repeating the knowledge over and over, before delivering it possibly multiple times within a single week – it’s almost impossible to forget.

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Why do Secondary teachers hate games in the classroom?

Clapping to get children’s attention, or playing “last one to spot that everyone else is silent”, are deemed “age inappropriate”. But who is doing this deeming, and where do they get that opinion from? My experience of children up to and including Y11 is that they love to play – they’re children. They’re more than

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