Classroom organization and its relation to pedagogy

I reorganized my classroom today. It went from this: gliffy_did = “1377788”; embedGliffy(); to this: gliffy_did = “1377745”; embedGliffy(); The reason? It’s temporary as I needed a cinema-like arrangement of chairs and tables for two lessons; my Year 11s are making copious notes on a rather important video on Vietnam for their coursework. The reaction […]

3 ‘well, duh’ BBC Education articles

Sometimes there’s some articles on the BBC News Education pages that make you wonder who’s paying for the research they’re based upon. Here’s 3 just from yesterday: 71% of pupils admit being a bully – and the other 29% are liars if, as I suspect, ‘bullying’ has been very widely defined. Real bullying can blight […]

More on mobile phone projectors

Further to an earlier post, mobile phone projectors are now beyond prototype stage. Gizmodo reports that Texas Instruments are putting into production the necessary chip to allow handset manufacturers to start incorporating mini-projectors by 2009. There’s a video of it in action here: As I’ve already stated, there’s a multitude of possibilities here, not least […]

Be notified of follow-up comments

Because it’s all about The Conversation (apparently) You can now be automatically notified if someone posts a follow-up comment to what you’ve said on a blog post at Just tick the ‘Notify me of followup comments via email’ box underneath the comment area. You know it makes sense. I’ve added this to my Plugins […]

Why ‘high culture’ for pupils is highly wrong-headed

BBC News reports that the Children’s Secretary Ed Balls and Culture Secretary Andy Burnham will today launch an initiative that promises access to ‘high-quality cultural activities’. It proposes visits to theatre shows, museums and galleries and the opportunity to learn how to act and play musical instruments. “Great!!” one would think. I disagree.