Tonight we are delighted to be joined by Bill Bill Boyd, “Literacy Adviser”, from the A-team, (stream?) who is going to be a regular contributor. Bill’s blog is a must go to site http://literacyadviser.wordpress.com/
We try very hard tonight not to mention policy or the G word, Bill mentioned it once but he might have got away with it! It’s more of a pedagogy, with Pi and chips type programme.
Our conversation could have gone on for a long while, and occasionally degenerated into a bad pun fest, Matthew does not need much encouragement. Drawing upon Bill’s interests in literacy and story we went onto discuss reading development strategies (7). In the final part of the programme Bill introduced Alfie Kohn’s work; there are so many rich themes in the ten guidelines (no, belay that, it’s 12) that we have decided to make them the core of next week’s podcast. This will enable us to reflect on them in more depth.
The story comes from the Washington Post: “Do we really need education policies and practices to cover everything that goes on in the classroom? Author Alfie Kohn says “no” and offers basic guidelines that can really help teachers”. By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post Link here
Alfie Kohn’s website If you have a thoughts or comments about his work, please contribute them and we’ll air them in the discussion.
“Students upwardly mobile with iPads” creativity and mobile technology, report in TES
Gareth Malone “Sing While You Work”, a passionate expert, provided Steve with really interesting reflection on the process of teaching. On the BBC
Students really teachers passionate about their subjects Student survey
“Thinking In Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives” Daniel Tammet