Cristina Milos

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Should group work be imposed?

2015-02-16T20:35:22+00:00

I recently posted some thoughts on what group work is and isn't good for. At no point did I say it was good for nothing (although predictably my opinion was caricatured as 'hating' group work) and I have never claimed that it cannot work. Some of the criticisms I received were as follows: - Group work is better than lecturing. I'm not sure I can even be bothered responding to this except to say that group work is also better than being punched in the face, but that's not saying much! As soon as decide lecturing is a preferable alternative I'll let [...]

Should group work be imposed? 2015-02-16T20:35:22+00:00

Grit and growth: who's to blame for low achievement?

2014-07-10T16:56:48+00:00

I’ve recently read a couple of interesting articles which question the efficacy of the research of Carol Dweck (Mindset) and Angela Duckworth (Grit). The complaint is that if we attribute an individual’s failure to a fault or lack in their character then we are apportioning blame; the reason we are unsuccessful is down to our own weak will and poor attitude. The counter argument is that society should be held to account for the failure of those at its margins; if we fail it is down to our lack of opportunity and the prejudices we encounter. No one would argue that [...]

Grit and growth: who's to blame for low achievement? 2014-07-10T16:56:48+00:00

The Cult of Outstanding™: the problem with 'outstanding' lessons

2014-01-16T13:26:35+00:00

First of all I need to come clean. Up until pretty recently I was a fully paid up member of the Cult of Outstanding™. Last January I considered myself to be a teacher at the height of my powers. In the spirit of self-congratulation I posted a blog entitled Anatomy of an Outstanding Lesson in which I detailed a lesson which I confidently supposed was the apotheosis of great teaching, and stood back to receive plaudits. And indeed they were forthcoming. I was roundly congratulated and felt myself extraordinarily clever. And then Cristina Milos got in touch to tell me that there was no [...]

The Cult of Outstanding™: the problem with 'outstanding' lessons 2014-01-16T13:26:35+00:00

Why the knowledge/skills debate is worth having

2015-01-26T08:41:20+00:00

'I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike'. Maya Angelou I've come an awful long way since September 2011 when Cristina Milos took the time to point out that my view on the teaching of knowledge and skills were seriously skewed. I'm flabbergasted that, as an experienced teacher, I could have been so ignorant. I said at the end of that post that "I guess my conclusion isn’t that skills are more important than knowledge: rather that both are required for mastery of a subject." But I didn't really believe it. If [...]

Why the knowledge/skills debate is worth having 2015-01-26T08:41:20+00:00

Is there a case for summative assessment?

2013-07-23T08:40:56+00:00

I've written a lot on the importance of formative assessment recently and feel pretty clear in my own mind of its efficacy. In contrast I see summative assessment as existing only as an external measure of success or failure. I know it exists, and I know it's fairly important to my students' life chances. It's also one of the primary means by which my professional practice is judged, so I'd better take notice of it. This seems like a necessary evil, not something to be celebrated. Cristina Milos and Jennifer Borgioli have challenged this view and asserted that actually, summative assessment [...]

Is there a case for summative assessment? 2013-07-23T08:40:56+00:00

Knowledge or skills?

2013-07-20T12:29:52+00:00

Skills, knowledge, who cares?  I'm a huge fan of the implementation of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills as part of the English National Curriculum and feel confused and concerned about the current government's stance on knowledge & skills. see here for an example. Last week I had a really thought provoking conversation on this subject with Cristina Milos (@surreallyno) on Twitter which I think unpicks some of the issues: CM: When teenagers can't locate a country on the map, "facts" are suddenly important. Preaching "skills" before /or/ vs. "knowledge" is silly. Me: Is it? The fact that Poland is east of Germany tells us little, [...]

Knowledge or skills? 2013-07-20T12:29:52+00:00