Thirty years since the introduction of ‘common core’ standards and progress maps have passed. However, what have we done to nurture parents’ understanding of education jargon like “thinking skills” and “learning progressions” ? Here’s how I work with a children’s author to give parents confidence in understanding child development of such terms.
Phrases like “That’s a fantastic result”! and “Fantastic work!” trumpet high praise for students in our classrooms. What is the meaning behind those praises and ‘the fantastic’ in general as a creator of learning experiences? This is how I see it.
Reflections On Professor Geoff Masters Keynote at the Australian Council For Education Research Conference. Professor Masters poses some confronting questions. Why do education systems seemed fixed on sorting students into post-secondary pathways? And why was this at the expense of guaranteeing excellent progress of every student in the K-10 compulsory years of schooling?
For years I’ve been examining the latest research to help shape curriculum designs online – learning theorists, cognitive linguists, educational philosophers and performance theorists.
I look at entrepreneurs and their use of technologies to develop modern creative industries. I specifically examined the powerful trends of local pantomime producers to create sustainable work in a ‘gig economy’. In the last five years I have been re-writing my initial findings to establish ways the pantomime context can teach employability and entrepreneurial skills to K-10 students.