When ‘best’ is the worst: the problem with ‘best practice’

If I had a fiver for every time I’d heard the phrase ‘share best practice’ used in my teaching career so far, I could probably have retired by now. Policies, SEFs, staff meetings and action plans are so liberally seasoned with those words that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s all we do asContinue reading “When ‘best’ is the worst: the problem with ‘best practice’”

What’s the Big Idea?

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking about curriculum design – it is one of the topics du jour after all. Knowledge is ‘in’, constructivism is ‘out’ and higher order thinking skills are weeping quietly in the corner. Knowledge organisers, multiple-choice quizzes and spaced retrieval practice clock-shaped templates are being created andContinue reading “What’s the Big Idea?”

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