Travelling in the name of Churchill

San Diego! I have arrived in the first city on my journey up and down California as a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.  I am incredibly thankful to be travelling in the name of the greatest Briton where I will be investigating innovative approaches to school design.  Having a particular interest in interdisciplinary project based […]

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Learning about climate change through PBL

I selected the term ‘learning’ in this blog post because Project Based Learning to be done well involves a complex web of different pedagogies.  Some would argue that PBL is more about ‘performance’ over ‘learning’.  This misconception comes from a misunderstanding of what PBL involves and rather ignorantly is more associated with Project Oriented Learning […]

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An approach to teaching migration

Last term our year 7 students were learning about migration in their humanities lessons. This blog outlines how we facilitated the learning through authentic outcomes.  It also considers assessment based on the pragmatic rehearsal of geography and history knowledge, understanding and skills we wanted students to acquire. Authentic outcomes By clicking on the image at the […]

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Teaching in an open learning space

“A Superstudio is a group of linked teaching spaces which encourage students to move between activities: to work collaboratively and across disciplines.  They bring together traditional classrooms, small and larger seminar rooms and open learning space to create a vibrant and dynamic learning space which can accommodate a range of teacher and student-led activity at […]

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Connecting the GCSE curriculum

GCSE subjects are neatly organised into disciplines to allow knowledge to be organised and taught easily.  This blog is an example of how that disciplinary knowledge is being transformed and reorganised to a certain extent to allow students to use ‘interdisciplinary’ knowledge to think about real world problems. The term ‘discipline’ implies a relationship between […]

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Can students self-organise their learning?

Sugata Mitra’s Self-Organised-Learning-Envrironments have recieved some press lately.  Sugata claims that internet learning boosts performance by seven years! However, Tom Bennett takes issue with such claims.  Any magic bullet claim is likely to be false. Sugata is one among others who advocate the idea that in a world with ubiquitous internet connected computers that testing […]

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Connecting the curriculum

Should we ‘teach’ interdisciplinarity at school?  This blog post suggests that we should.  If you think of real world problems in engineering, health, politics and so on, these require interdisciplinary thinking.  Some may argue that students need to know the basics of disciplinary knowledge before they are able to apply this across disciplines.  Some may […]

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Designing and building a GCSE curriculum from scratch – Part 2

A new or redesigned GCSE curriculum, or indeed any curriculum should think carefully about student learning.  Learning can be defined as knowledge that is permanent, can be applied to a new context and transform students understanding of the world. So when designing a geography curriculum from scratch there are several strategies we can use to […]

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Project preview: Future food

Food can be an engaging topic and also has a high level of authenticity and we want students to think about the food they eat.  Specifically, the environmental impacts from the geography subject discipline point of view.  The topic links to other geographical factors such as global warming and population pressures as well as retrieving […]

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Project preview: Civilisation

Civilisation is a project we did last year and following some reflections, I have updated the project with the aim of making it even more engaging and rigorous (academically and wider learner attributes).  The main outcome from the project we want to achieve is an improved product.  So by redesigning the process I think this […]

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