One of the most common novice misconceptions about learning foreign languages is that words can be translated literally. Beginner students will commonly seek to translate idioms such as it’s raining cats and dogs word by word, causing native speakers of the target language to look up to the sky in horror before realising it’s [...]José Picardo
Shooting an azimuth means climbing to a height, sighting an object on the horizon in the direction you're travelling, and adjusting your compass heading to make sure you're still moving in the right direction. This blog is about constantly reevaluating where we're heading. This blog is about education.
Education is complex field. In it there are folks who specialise in behaviour management, assessment, professional development… And so we have assessment experts, CPD experts and even government appointed behaviour tsars. Hardly anyone would refer to these folks pejoratively as being obsessed with their chosen field of specialism. Oh, [...]José Picardo
In this article, I will explore ways in which we can make textbooks and other resources better for both teaching and learning in the light of a growing body of research in the field of cognitive science. However, I will not consider on this occasion the intrinsic value of textbooks (i.e. should we have them at all?) or the legitimate [...]José Picardo
In his book The Shallows, Nicholas Carr suggests that the internet is making us dumber. Carr finds that the vast amount of hyperlinked information available on the internet means that depth of knowledge has given way to shallowness. Casually disregarding the internet’s arguably most significant feature, Carr asserts “people who read [...]José Picardo
Research supports tacit teacher knowledge that a great lesson starts with an initial review of prior knowledge. Recently I had the privilege of observing an excellent Year 7 Geography lesson in which the teacher opted to start the lesson by handing out A3 sheets and asking the students to fill in the different sections in groups, which [...]José Picardo
Listen to his royal highness Tom Bennett bad-mouthing iPads in his likeable Scottish lilt. Hear the knowledgeable David Didau proclaiming confidently that the only tech we could ever possibly need in our classrooms is – at a push – a visualiser. Read the always thought-provoking Martin Robinson inveigling you eloquently into [...]José Picardo