Truthfulness and Cultural Literacy

Encountering cultural literacy It took me much longer to get round to reading E.D. Hirsch’s Cultural Literacy (1987) than it should have done, considering its seminal status in curricular thought. I was reluctant at first because of Hirsch’s less than positive reputation within the teaching profession (e.g. Sloan, 2017) and I think there was part … Continue reading Truthfulness and Cultural Literacy

Angry

In case you hadn’t noticed, things haven’t been easy over the last few months. Like so many others, I’ve been up and down with workload and anxiety. What I hadn’t properly grasped until recently was that a lot of my ‘down’ has actually been caused by anger. The angry monster has been stalking me relentlessly … Continue reading Angry

A Remote Possibility: Using multiple-choice questions to build conceptual understanding at a distance

I have become slightly obsessed with multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in recent months. I first considered them properly when I read Daisy Christodolou’s book Making Good Progress (2017) a couple of years ago, and have learned more about them through the Assessment Lead Programme from Evidence Based Education (both the book and the programme come strongly … Continue reading A Remote Possibility: Using multiple-choice questions to build conceptual understanding at a distance

Are pupil progress meetings worthwhile?

I was struck by the recent Teacher Tapp results on pupil progress meetings, which indicated that three quarters of respondents have experience of them and that over half consider them useful. I have sat through many of these meetings, often as the senior leader in charge. I was always uncertain of their value and these … Continue reading Are pupil progress meetings worthwhile?