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Questions To Clarify Your Teaching For 2023 | TeachThought | May 18, 2022 | A look at the new kinds of questions education faces–questions that can either underscore or erode the function of a school in a given community. 

Why are Maths and Reading Scores Dropping Globally? Analysis of the PISA 2022 Results

[Duncan Crawford]

Run Time: 25:46 -Dec 2023
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Addressing the 2022 PISA findings, the podcast discusses a global decline in math and reading scores among 15-year-olds, attributing it to the pandemic, decreased parental engagement, and increased technology distractions. In top countries, such as Singapore, success emphasizes the significance of high expectations and resource alignment. The podcast stresses the need for responsible technology use and a culture of ongoing learning.

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*** For a summary of PISA 2022 results, country notes and resources navigate to the PISA 2022 results website

Teaching and Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

[John Warner]

Run Time: 54:30 -Dec 18, 2022
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In this Backwards Podcast episode, A.J. Juliani sits down with author, professor, and speaker John Warner to discuss all things artificial intelligence (and how it impacts our current and future education system). John Warner is the author of "Why They Can't Write" and "The Writing Practices" where he discusses the need for a more creative and authentic approach to teaching writing. ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence tools have completely changed the landscape of writing for schools and work - this episode tackles those changes head-on.

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The following resources come from Dialogic #296 Newsletter - Dec 2022 (see Tom Barrett's Blog)

Sparked by a quick exchange with Dr Nick Jackson, I created this collaborative document to outline some of the emerging dispositions, skills, knowledge and tools related to AI Literacy. Here's a little more from the document.

This document aims to outline the facets of AI literacy for students and educators. We all rely on these emerging competencies as we explore and interact with these tools. The audience is curious educators, teachers and students. The problem we are solving with this documentation is How educators and students can leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools as assistants and coaches in the learning and creative process.

The article from Drew Harwell, Nitasha Tiku and Will Oremus shines a light on an actual application of ChatGPT to support written communication. The story is about how Ben Whittle, with help from Danny Richman, uses AI with his business emails.

"Now, when Whittle dashes off a message, the AI instantly reworks the grammar, deploys all the right niceties, and transforms it into a response that is unfailingly professional and polite."

This cuts through all the hype and experimentation we are wading through. This is an excellent story of how technology improves access!

The article by Andrew Mayne, who works for OpenAI as a Science Communicator, offers some essential nuances in how we might work with an AI assistive technology like ChatGPT. Here's the prompt:

Let's write a science fiction story together. Ask me for input about characters, plot etc.

This initial setup means the ChatGPT asks questions rather than spits out text reams. This style of interaction is much more helpful for younger students.

The chat interface makes it easy to converse with the model and work towards a goal, like learning something new or playing a game. I’ve found that it can be beneficial for brainstorming. 

I loved this work by Ethan and Lilach Mollick from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, exploring three different instructional design challenges and how AI can help. Here is the abstract:

Chatbots can produce high-quality, sophisticated text in natural language. The authors of this paper believe that AI can be used to overcome three barriers to learning in the classroom: improving transfer, breaking the illusion of explanatory depth, and training students to critically evaluate explanations. The paper provides background information and techniques on how AI can be used to overcome these barriers and includes prompts and assignments that teachers can incorporate into their teaching. The goal is to help teachers use the capabilities and drawbacks of AI to improve learning

Behavioural Science, Habit Change and Our Failing Public Institutions

[Harry Fletcher-Wood]

Run Time: 1:55:52 - Nov 27, 2022
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Hosted by James Manion: This episode features a conversation with Harry Fletcher-Wood, who has written an absolutely fascinating book called Habits of Success: Getting every student learning.

In Habits of Success, Harry applies insights from the world of Behavioural Science to the problem of how to help students build helpful habits for learning effectively, while breaking one or two unhealthy habits along the way.

About half-way through the podcast there’s a section where James asks Harry some taxing questions about the book, and his responses were really impressive. Harry has an enviable gift for expressing complex ideas in a really engaging, accessible way.

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Source: Rethinking Education Podcast

Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) and why Coercion is Bad for Kids

[Geraldine Rowe]

Run Time: 2:35:10 - Jan. 7, 2022
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Hosted by James Manion: Geraldine Rowe is an educational psychologist and former teacher, and a specialist in Parent Partnership and Behaviour and Attendance. She has taught in Primary and Middle Schools and been a member of the Senior Leadership Team of an alternative provision secondary school. Her 30-year career has taken her into 100 schools, and Geraldine is a really good example of someone who is outside the teaching profession, but who has immense experience and insight to share.

Geraldine recently published an absolutely fascinating book called It’s Out School, It’s Our Time: A Companion Guide to Whole-School Collaborative Decision-Making. The book is a highly readable account of Geraldine’s doctoral study, which features three case studies of teachers in mainstream schools who make decisions with their pupils, rather than for them.

The importance of choice and agency and autonomy in human development comes up again and again in this podcast. It looks at what collaborative decision-making (CDM) can look like within mainstream settings - and there is no shortage of ways in which we can include children in making the decisions that affect their lives.

This is a conversation that goes right to the heart of the what James Mannion sees as the main problem with the mainstream model of education - coercion isn’t good for kids, even if it gets results in the short term - and Geraldine offers lots of practical advice for teachers who want to move in a more collaborative, consent-based direction.


Source: Rethinking Education Podcast

School is not just a place where students learn, but where everyone learns.

From 'Knowledge of the Powerful' to 'Powerful Knowledge'

[Professor Michael F.D. Young]

Run Time: 2:26:06- Nov. 14, 2021
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Hosted by James Manion: Michael FD Young, Emeritus Professor of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, has been a towering figure in the field of Sociology of Education for over five decades. He has written and edited many books throughout his career, including Knowledge and Control (1971), Bringing Knowledge Back In (20080) and Knowledge and the Future School (2014) - to name just a few. You may have noticed a theme in those book titles - Michael writes about knowledge a lot. Hence the title of the podcast.

As always, this was an absolutely fascinating conversation. It’s also a conversation that I think many people will find surprising - both the hard-line traditionalists and the hard-core progressives among you. You know who you are. I look forward to hearing what people make of it - please do let me know what you think.

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Source: Rethinking Education Podcast

Fear is the Mind Killer

[Dr James Mannion and Kate McAllister]

Run Time: 44:04 - June 28, 2021
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This is a cross-post of an episode of the podcast 'From Page to Practice', featuring the book Fear is the Mind Killer: Why Learning to Learn deserves lesson time - and how to make it work for your pupils by Dr James Mannion and Kate McAllister.

James and Kate reveal a recipe for success rooted in three key concepts: metacognition (reflecting on learning); self-regulation (taking ownership over the learning process); and oracy (developing high-quality speaking and listening skills). The book and the podcast wonder: how and what would we teach, if there was no one watching? On the other side of fear is the teacher you want to be, and the children you'd like to teach.

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Source: Rethinking Education Podcast

XP School: Crew, Compassion and Changing the World

[Andy Sprakes]

Run Time: 2:15:30 - March 5, 2022
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Hosted by James Manion: Andy Sprakes, the co-founder of XP school in Doncaster, England and two students from the school, Declan and Guraaj, describe what it is like to learn at XP school. While the content in the podcast id mostly focused on High School, many of the ideas can be applied to primary education with some modification.

There has been a lot of interest in XP school, partly following a very complementary profile of the school that was published in the Sunday Times magazine.

In case you haven’t heard of XP school before, it’s a free school that was set up in 2014 by two teachers - Andy Sprakes and Gwyn Ap Harri - who were inspired following a visit to some innovative schools in the US - notably, High Tech High in San Diego, and Ron Berger’s Expeditionary Learning schools.

They do things very differently at XP. The curriculum is organised into cross-curricular ‘expeditions’. Their pastoral system is second to none. And their results are astonishing. And they are rated by Ofsted as being outstanding in every category.

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Source: Rethinking Education Podcast

2500 Years of Learning Theory - From the Greeks to the Geeks

[Donald Clark]

Run Time: 3:06:10 - Dec. 24, 2021
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Hosted by James Manion: Donald Clark is a man of many hats. He’s an EdTech entrepreneur who was formerly the CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group, a pioneering company in online learning, and he is now the CEO of Wildfire Learning, an AI company. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Derby. And he is the author of at least two books - Artificial Intelligence for Learning, and Learning Experience Design.

In this podcast, James speaks with Donald about a different writing project. Over the last 20 years or so - and gathering pace in recent months - Donald has been collecting learning theorists. He has written an incredible series of blogs on 2500 years of learning theory - from the Greeks to the Geeks.

Helpfully, Donald has created an index, where you can see a list of all 200 learning theorists grouped under different headings - the behaviourists, the assessors, the vocationalists and so on. There’s a link to this index below - you may find it useful to refer to it now and then as you listen to our conversation.

This is an episode that will make you think harder than you've had to do in a long time. 


Source: Rethinking Education Podcast

Learning Power Approach

[Guy Claxton]

Run Time: 33:01 - Mar 20, 2020
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Traditional teaching methods may or may not be good for helping all students get good grades - but do they run the risk of cultivating unfortunate attitudes towards learning? World-renowned cognitive scientist and emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester, Guy Claxton, claims that in a global job market that needs and rewards independent and adventurous thinkers, some schools are still turning out compliant, test-taker dependent. Over the last few years, new ideas about pedagogy have been emerging simultaneously in dozens of research and development groups around the world. In this presentation, Claxton shares his ideas about how to help our children get good grades in a way that also develops them as confident, powerful lifelong learners. This new way of teaching is called The Learning Power Approach - and anyone, in any school, with any kind of students, can make it work.

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Source: INTED2022, the 16th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference

The Future of Teaching

[Guy Claxton]

(interviewed by Kath Murdoch)

Run Time: 1:28:44 - May 3, 2021
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This informative webinar hosted by Kath Murdoch with Guy Claxton discusses his new book - The Future of Education and much more:

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Source: Chapters International

Rethinking Education: Cultivating Curiosity and Collaboration in Schools

[Kevin Bartlett]

Run Time: 44:05- July, 2023
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This episode is from Toddle's "School Leadership Project"

Kevin Bartlett discusses his work on reinventing education to create a more systemic and simplified learning experience. He explains that schools are not broken, but rather highly efficient at doing the wrong things such as killing off curiosity, using low-level grading systems, and killing off conversation in classrooms. He believes that schools need to give children one connected learning experience and create a learning continuum pre-K through 12. 

Keven introduces the CGC (Common Ground Collaborative), a pre-K through 12 learning system that uses inquiry-based methodology. The CGC is based on five questions that he believes are essential to creating a learning system. The first question is "What is learning?" and more specifically, "What is the learning process?"

He defines the learning process as developing learners with deep conceptual understanding of ideas that matter, high levels of competency in key skills, and strong positive moral character. To develop each of these types of learning, Keven has developed a simple pedagogy. He believes that leadership is fearless inquiry and that leaders need to find the right questions to bring to their community to lead them towards consensus on the answers.

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Beginning with the end in mind: Rethinking Assessment

[Kevin Bartlett & Jay McTighe]

Run Time: 53:20 - July, 2023
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This episode is from Toddle's "School Leadership Project"

Kevin Bartlett and Jay McTighe discuss their collaboration and their work in education. They discuss the gap between theory and practice in education and their efforts to bridge that gap. They are currently working on a project to improve assessment systems and are focused on providing practical tools for teachers to improve student learning. They also talk about the importance of keeping things simple and deep, so that ideas never lose their value.

Their conversation highlights the importance of collaboration and practicality in education. They emphasize the need for educators to work together to create meaningful change in the education system. 

They also stress the importance of providing teachers with practical tools that they can use in their classrooms to improve student learning. Overall, their conversation is a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of practicality in education.

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Same Game, New Playbook: A New Way to Look at Teaching and Learning

[Kevin Bartlett]

Run Time: 23:05 - Feb 9, 2021
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This is a presentation by Keven Bartlett who is the founder of the Common Ground Collaborative (CGC) and one of the forefathers of the IB PYP. He discusses the purpose of school as developed by the CGC. Lots of food for thought about the WHY, the WHAT and the HOW of teaching and learning.

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Source: CGC Connect

What School Could Be, Should Be, and Almost Never Is

[Steve Hughes]

Run Time: 17:12 - Feb 8, 2018
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For decades, countries around the world have been testing the hypothesis that the only thing that matters in school is how well students perform on academic tests. The results of this vast social experiment are in, and they are not good: Focussing narrowly on test scores is a dumb idea that destroys’ creativity, well-being and initiative in children. Employers want to hire young people who can demonstrate creativity, initiative, and social skills. In fact, everyone wants young people to demonstrate these “nonacademic” outcomes. What are the alternatives? What can parents, teachers, and others who care about children do? What can we do now to prepare children for the uncertain, complex, and challenging future that they face? Dr. Steve Hughes is a pediatric neuropsychologist and Director of the Center for Research on Developmental Education, a social business that guides organizations seeking to document the unique, wide-scope outcomes that result from experiential, non-traditional, and growth-oriented programming. Dr. Hughes’s areas of expertise are assessment of cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development, and is a strong advocate for educational approaches that foster human development. He serves a chair of the Association Montessori Internationale Research Network, and is the coordinator of AMI’s Global Outcomes Project.

Source: TEDxPragueED 2017

Da Vinci Life-Skills: A Biophilic Education Movement

[Rosina Dorelli]

Run Time: 35:08 - Sept 10, 2022
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This video is an intriguing and provocative watch about a new model for teaching and learning. Together, Rosina Dorelli, Zach Reznichek and Farhaan Mir, have built the Da Vinci Life-Skills curriculum and assessment model, supported by young people, teachers and academics. It is a vision for the future of education, a new model in which a polymath like Leonardo Da Vinci could flourish. Da Vincian Learners are insatiably curious, take risks and learn through all their senses and from their mistakes. They appreciate the interconnectedness of all things and nurture their intuition, creativity, relationships and practical abilities as well as their academic critical thinking skills.

Rosina Dorelli is the Co-Founder and Director of Da Vinci Life-Skills. She has a background in furniture design, portraiture painting and 20 years experience in teaching creative expression, art and design technology to learners of all ages in schools, colleges and beyond. She has dedicated her life to making education more creative, inclusive, ethical and sustainable.

Source: Rethinking Education Conference 2022

The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity

[Susan Engel]

Run Time: 20:06 - Aug 18, 2011
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This is very though-provoking video by Susan Engel. A striking quote from her research is: "many children are spending hours a day in school without asking even one question" ~ Children’s Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools. And, no, "can I go to the bathroom" doesn't count as a question in this context. She explains what teachers need to do to ensure curiosity is alive and well in the classroom.

You might want to check out Susan's book - The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood - which offers educators practical ways to put curiosity at the centre of the classroom and encourage children’s natural eagerness to learn. 

Teaching and Learning

[Kath Murdoch, Ron Ritchhart and Mark Church]

Run Time: 1:05:30 - Apr 23, 2021
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This informative webinar with Kath Murdoch (inquiry stance) and Ron Ritchhart and Mark Church (Visible Thinking Routines) discusses the following:

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Source: Chapters International

Doorways to Our Childhood Selves

[Cleary Vaughan-Lee]

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This is a stunning essay is recommended by Kath Murdoch.  She says it is a "long read but such a powerful one. If you and your team/staff need something to help re-invigorate your thinking about the nature of childhood, then I suggest this essay as an excellent provocation for conversations about our ways of seeing and being with the children in our care each day."

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What Adults Can Learn from Kids

[Adora Svitak]

Run Time: 7:57 - Feb 2010
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Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Source: TED

Hackschooling Makes Me Happy

[Logan LaPlante]

Run Time: 11:13 - Feb 12, 2013
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When 13-year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. 

Source: TED

Schools vs Learning

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Traditional vs Progressive Education

Run Time: 8:20 - Apr 11, 2019

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