Archives for Matthew Moss High School

Enough Already With “Trad vs Prog”!

The past few days have seen the opposite (if not equal) reaction to the recent emergence of the #EducationForward campaign. With scant regard for factual accuracy, various bloggers and tweeters (since they crave attention I’ll anonymise them for now) have attempted to summarise the Education Forward book, without the tiresome task of actually reading it. One, describing #EducationForward as ‘Education Backward’ (witty),  linked EF to Class Action, the recently created magazine ‘by teachers for teachers’ (wrong). Others questioned how EF is funded (it isn’t). But the biggest (though I suspect knowing) misconception has been to cast Education Forward as promulgating …

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And on the sixth day……

…students came back into school to make it not like school. This week-end I was privileged to witness one of the most exciting exemplifications of self-determined learning I’ve yet to see. In OPEN, I write about the inevitable shift, from  Pedagogy (tutor-directed learning), to Andragogy (self-directed learning), to Heutagogy (self-determined learning). I argue that our formal institutions will increasingly have to follow learner needs and interests, simply because, when we’re learning socially, it’s all self-determined. So, we can expect that we will demand more of what works for us socially, when we’re in a more formal space. However, self-directed or …

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Innovating When Winning

We’ve been working this week with teachers and senior leaders from a range of schools, across England, that have been  externally judged across the whole spectrum: from failing to outstanding. There’s no discernible difference in attitudes between them, and I don’t believe that senior leaders in failing schools care any less about their kids than those who lead highly successful schools. Nor, strangely, is there any difference in the reluctance to innovate at either ends of the spectrum. The struggling schools are worried about risk-taking, because they’re under significant imposed pressure, and the schools that are already at the top …

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