21st Century Skills

Aren’t We Doing It Already?

I’m revisiting the Mitchell Institute’s reports by Bill Lucas on capabilities to glean from their insights what it means to create a capability-focused curriculum in a post-lockdown world.

The Art Of Parent-Friendly Resources

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”?

A Fantastic View Of Human Learning

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.

Radical Theatre Entrepreneurial Education

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.

Children are natural philosophers

Children are natural philosophers from the time they start demandingly asking ‘Why?’ So perhaps it’s helpful to ask who are philosophers. The source of online wisdom, Wikipedia, informs us that the term “philosopher” comes from the Ancient Greek, φιλόσοφος (philosophos), meaning “lover of wisdom”. … … Read more

The Arts Are Basic

What do you think is meant by ‘doing the basics’?   A debate rages around what constitutes essential knowledge and skills at every level of schooling – from early years to higher education. I want to propose that the arts sector has the ability to … Read more

Thinking Taxonomies

I want to consider what it means to do ‘high-order thinking’ in arts education. The terms ‘high’ and ‘low order’ is commonly associated with Bloom’s Taxonomy, the basis of many marking keys for courses and exams in primary, secondary and tertiary education since the 1950s. … Read more

Connecting Thinking & Doing

I find the categorisation of people into ‘thinkers’ and ‘doers’ rubbish: depending on the context, you can be damned or praised for being either. More significantly, the separation diverts us from dealing with a more important question of how thoughts and actions are inevitably, even … Read more