The goal of the curriculum and the shape of the attainment curve

(Half-written blogs haunt my google drive so I’m copying Toby Payne-Cook’s great housekeeping idea and publishing my 12 blog posts of Christmas. This is post 5 of 12 - I hope someone gets something out of reading these drafty ideas, but even if they don’t, I’ll feel better for being able to delete the drafts.)  …

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The limited uses of question level analysis

(Half-written blogs haunt my google drive so I’m copying Toby Payne-Cook’s great housekeeping idea and publishing my 12 blog posts of Christmas. This is post 4 of 12 – I hope someone gets something out of reading these drafty ideas, but even if they don’t, I’ll feel better for being able to delete the drafts.)  Yesterday, …

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When should we force alignment in teacher practice?

In my last post, I made an argument that diversity of teacher instruction should be allowed to flourish in a wide variety of circumstances in schools. This is a short post to balance that perspective and give three circumstances where consistency and alignment are a good idea. The first two circumstances are obvious. If we …

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The great education and public health experiment

We are in the middle of a rather odd educational experiment. I said odd, because normally we run experiments in the hope of learning something new. But so far in this educational experiment, where children have received a wide variety of different distance learning ‘treatments’, we’ve done little to systematically find out how they are …

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