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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.

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

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

Learning Power Approach

[Guy Claxton]


Run Time: 33:01 - JMar 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:

  • 0:00 - Introduction about Guy Claxton

  • 8:00 - Why did he write his book?

  • 13:30 - What is the purpose of school?

  • 27:30 - What is going on with the polarized stance between progressive and traditional teaching?

  • 45:30 - What does research and science have to say about progressive and traditional teaching?

  • 53:30 - How do we invite informed teachers into the progressive and traditional discussion?

  • 57:00 - Cognitive load theory

  • 1:11:30 - Pedagogy must embrace a culture that is safe to be a learner - what does inquiry-based learning look like.

  • 1:18:00 - Ideas of future curriculum design

  • 1:23:30 - Controversial claims and responses

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Source: Chapters International

If School Is the Answer, What Was the Question?

[Kevin Bartlett]


Run Time: 48:38 - December 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

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:

  • 0:00 - Introduction - How their passion toward their educational beliefs developed.

  • 9:00 - How their work connects to one another - inquiry to visible thinking and vice versa.

  • 20:00 - What their core ideas/principles connect to.

  • 38:00 - Visible Thinking routines and inquiry cycle.

  • 45:30 - How their work connects to what teachers and students should be doing?

  • 51:00 - How to work with peers who find it challenging to embrace change.

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Source: Chapters International

Learning Through Play for All Students

[Pasi Sahlberg]


Run Time: 1:00.44 - Feb 23, 2021
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This video by The Future School Alliance hosts a conversation with Pasi Sahlberg that focuses on the important question of how to provide time and opportunity for learning through play for all students, not just younger children. He explains that just because we are teaching doesn’t mean children are learning and that play for all ages is powerful for wellbeing and learning. This video is recommended by Kath Murdock for all K-12 educators.

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A future Worth Getting Excited About

[Elon Musk]


Run Time: 1:06.28 - April 2022
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If you haven't already viewed the TED Interview with Elon Musk, here's your chance. Learn what's on Elon Musk's mind? In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Musk details how the radical new innovations he's working on could help maximize the lifespan of humanity and create a world where goods and services are abundant and accessible for all. From an educational point of view, one has to wonder how all his innovations will affect how and what we teach children. It's a compelling vision of a future worth getting excited about.

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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Illustrated by: Sylvia Duckworth

Traditional vs Progressive Education

Run Time: 8:20 - Apr 11, 2019

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