Tag Archives: secondary

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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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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How to use iPads well in the Secondary / K-12 classroom – part 1

iPads (or equivalent Android tablets) are now well-established in UK schools; not every school has them, not every child has them, but many schools do, with plenty already delivering “1 device per child” policies. This (to a certain audience) sounds wonderful; but what are the schools actually doing with them? How do teachers use these

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Should homework be done on paper, or on iPad/desktop/etc? – Part1: Paper Mountains

Homework does not exist in a vacuum: you cannot do homework for a topic you haven’t learnt yet. I’ve realised (via the PGCE) there is a tightly interdependent triangle of Homework, Lesson, and Curriculum. As far as I can tell, the (never quite openly stated) idea in teacher-training is that a formal Lesson Plan is

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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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