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'Unacceptable decline': Australia crashes in latest education results

'Unacceptable decline': Australia crashes in latest education results | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
Education Minister Simon Birmingham sounds the alarm bells over Australia's ranking in the latest global education report card, which puts the nation lower than countries with smaller populations like Kazakhstan.
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All that marking you do? Waste of time.

All that marking you do? Waste of time. | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
One of the worst myths we have in education is not learning styles or that we only use 10% of ours brains, it is the myth that feedback is the same thing as marking. John Hattie has done much to popularise the idea that feedback is highly effective but this conclusion highlights one of the…
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The Scapegoating of Teachers

The Scapegoating of Teachers | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
In his book, Why Knowledge Matters, ED Hirsch Jr. writes that: Teacher effectiveness is contextual At first sight this seems completely commonsensical and, indeed it is in theory. It is just in practice where too many involved in education undermine this simple adage. Hirsch goes on to say: We are blaming teachers because of our…
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I’m leaving and I want you to join me

I’m leaving and I want you to join me | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
After 31 years at the FT I’m becoming a teacher and have set up Now Teach
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Pseudo intervention and the power of placebo - David Didau: The Learning Spy

Pseudo intervention and the power of placebo - David Didau: The Learning Spy | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
…it is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human understanding to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives… Francis Bacon Today’s post has been contributed by a reader who has asked to remain anonymous, but got in touch after reading my blog explaining why I’d abandoned the SOLO taxonomy. Whilst this post isn’t directly
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Close the Stable Doors: Effects of Motivation and Engagement on Learner Achievement?  

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen A very popular one-liner, used by parents, teachers, politicians, and also educational scientists is that “THE current problem in education is a lack of learner motivation”. In other words: learners find education boring, not appealing, unattractive and that’s why they don’t achieve their full potential.  Concepts such as motivation…
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The knowledge party in my head

The knowledge party in my head | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
When I was in Year 7, my maths teacher got us to calculate the number of possible unique handshakes in a group of people. We learnt that the number of handshakes in a group could be modelled by the formula h = n/2 * (n-1) where h is the number of handshakes and n the…
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Differentiation Damages the Disadvantaged

Differentiation Damages the Disadvantaged | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
It always sounds like a good idea. It is always framed in a way which casts its opponents as uncaring monsters. Who wouldn’t want to give the maximum attention to each child? Who wouldn’t want pupils’ experience of school to be tailored to their needs? If you oppose differentiation, you can easily be depicted as…
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The teacher who gave up marking – and believes you can, too

The teacher who gave up marking – and believes you can, too | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
In the 7 October issue of TES, Matt Pinkett argues that written comments are an unnecessary and inferior way of giving feedback to students
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No Excuses and the Pinball Kids

No Excuses and the Pinball Kids | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
Several recent blogs and twitter discussions have explored the idea of a 'No Excuses' behaviour policy.  As ever, I have huge problems with discourse that forces people to adopt a position from a binary choice; for or against; with us or against us.  I find myself agreeing with people on both sides of this debate.…
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What makes a curriculum ‘knowledge-rich’?

What makes a curriculum ‘knowledge-rich’? | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
The terms 'knowledge-based curriculum' and 'knowledge-rich curriculum' have become increasingly popular, particularly amongst educational traditionalists, but the terms are difficult to define. As critics of traditionalism note, all curricula contain knowledge (and we might ignore for a moment the extremists who say knowledge is not important), and therefore it makes no sense to call a curriculum 'knowledge-based'.…
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Look at libraries over league tables when choosing a school

Look at libraries over league tables when choosing a school | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
Despite the general rule for quiet demanded by libraries, they’
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Marking is an act of folly - David Didau: The Learning Spy

Marking is an act of folly - David Didau: The Learning Spy | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, marking and feedback are not the same thing. Clearly they’re connected – and, ideally most marking has the intention of giving feedback – but the process of marking or giving marks does not, in and of itself, equate with feedback. Those who see marking as an essential component of a teachers’
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What’s the point of education? | Spectator Life

What’s the point of education? | Spectator Life | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
Why does the state take an interest in education? The prevailing view, at least since the end of the last…
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20-year slide in maths and science learning | Teacher | ACER

With the release of Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study results, Geoff Masters asks what it will take to lift levels of learning in Australian schools.
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No More Marking? Our experience using Comparative Judgement

No More Marking? Our experience using Comparative Judgement | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
              I first came across comparative judgement and Chris Wheadon’s No More Marking website about three years ago, when it was very much in its infancy. For some reason, I didn’t recognise its potential; I saw more drawbacks to collaborative assessment than benefits. What I hadn’t properly considered were…
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Why I Hate Highlighters! - The Confident Teacher

Why I Hate Highlighters! - The Confident Teacher | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
Those luminous sticks are ever-present in schools, but have you stopped to think about their use? I have some research-fuelled news: I hate highlighters!
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The pressure on kids is absurd, and a new Naplan rule is about to make it worse | Anne Susskind

The pressure on kids is absurd, and a new Naplan rule is about to make it worse | Anne Susskind | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
A new policy around year nine standards means more stomach-clenching tests and more anxiety in younger kids worried about making the grade
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The long road to critical reading: against the ‘quick-fix’

The long road to critical reading: against the ‘quick-fix’ | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
‘Fake news’ sites are very much in the public eye at the moment, but commentators for many years have noted that school pupils often struggle to be critical about what they read in the media. Pupils tend to take things at face value, and assume that what they are being told is true, particularly if…
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Gary Whitehead and why I won’t differentiate for economic circumstance. | Learning history

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How AITSL judges teaching

How AITSL judges teaching | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
The Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) recently asked teachers to take part in a survey. I clicked the link and immediately noticed something a little odd. I was asked to answer multiple-choice questions about my teaching and the survey explained that, "The items in each question [the possible answers] are hierarchical with regard to expertise." So…
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'Teaching is workload-addicted. Teachers seem to believe hard work equates to love for one’s pupils'

'Teaching is workload-addicted. Teachers seem to believe hard work equates to love for one’s pupils' | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
Self-sacrifice is the sole route to pupil progress, school leaders must take the initiative to address the problem of teacher workload
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Which ideas are damaging education?

Which ideas are damaging education? | Articles and blogs for Prince Alfred College | Scoop.it
  “Education must resolve the teacher-student contradiction, exchanging the role of depositor, prescriber, domesticator, for the role of student among students.” Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968   “Education still hasn’t learned that poorly designed curricula generate poor performance in both teacher and students.” Siegfried Engelmann, Academic Child Abuse, 1992   Confused cargo cult…
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Discovery Learning is Not Generally Effective

Myth: Discovery learning (also known as problem-based learning, inquiry learning, experiential learning and constructivist learning) hypothesizes that people learn best in an unguided or minimally-guided environment. That is, they learn best, NOT when they are presented with essential information, but when they discover or construct essential information for themselves
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