A 21st Century Imperative 4 (Part 2)

Introduction The trouble with schools is we try to replicate things 'by the book' and it's not always for the best. While writing this mini-series of imperatives for schools in the 21st century, I've steered clear of giving actual examples and stuck to basic principles and rationale. I believe that practice should come from a … Continue reading A 21st Century Imperative 4 (Part 2)

A 21st Century Imperative 4: A deep understanding of pedagogy is what gives teaching its ‘professional’ status

The trouble with schools is that they continue to encourage teachers to think they have the monopoly on information.   This statement, originally coined by Bob Pearlman (www.bobpearlman.org ) inspired me to think differently about our curriculum offer and the nature of our profession.  I’ve described in earlier blogs how the exciting developments in education, happening … Continue reading A 21st Century Imperative 4: A deep understanding of pedagogy is what gives teaching its ‘professional’ status

A 21st Century Imperative 3: As educators, it is our responsibility to address the developmental needs of the whole child

The trouble with schools is that they just don’t let up for a minute. Apologies for the delay in writing, this is the first time I’ve risen to the surface in almost 4 months. Anyway, onwards with the third part in a six-part series of 21st Century imperatives . . . The trouble with schools … Continue reading A 21st Century Imperative 3: As educators, it is our responsibility to address the developmental needs of the whole child

A 21st Century Imperative: 2. Accept who and what young people are.

The trouble with schools is that as educators, we all too often forget to accept that we are working with young people.  They are still developing, physically, mentally and emotionally.   Apologies, I’ve been caught up in all the furore surrounding the launch of the new draft Curriculum for Wales and as a result, lost my … Continue reading A 21st Century Imperative: 2. Accept who and what young people are.

The New Curriculum For Wales: A worthwhile vision

The trouble with schools in England is that they don't have a curriculum fit for the 21st Century similar to the one Wales may have.     I had planned to write about my second 21st   Century Imperative for Schools next, but I thought it pertinent to discuss the new draft curriculum for Wales, scheduled for 2022 … Continue reading The New Curriculum For Wales: A worthwhile vision