Don’t teach children to think like a scientist, but… | Kris Boulton

…do teach them something about how scientists think.

Agree, or disagree?

 

I’ve written before about the distinction between substantive and disciplinary knowledge.

It would be great if we could teach children to think like mathematicians, scientists, historians, by the end of Year 11…

…but it’s a virtually impossible goal for 100% of students, given the time available, since thinking in this way is a hallmark of expertise: enormous quantities of substantive knowledge, arranged differently even from that of novices who actually possess the same knowledge, and then framed by the…

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Don’t teach children to think like a scientist, but… | Kris Boulton

…do teach them something about how scientists think.

Agree, or disagree?

 

I’ve written before about the distinction between substantive and disciplinary knowledge.

It would be great if we could teach children to think like mathematicians, scientists, historians, by the end of Year 11…

…but it’s a virtually impossible goal for 100% of students, given the time available, since thinking in this way is a hallmark of expertise: enormous quantities of substantive knowledge, arranged differently even from that of novices who actually possess the same knowledge, and then framed by the…

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Why Maths Teachers Don’t Like Knowledge Organisers | Kris Boulton

TeacherTapp said this:

So I said this… (though I meant to say ‘knowledge’ – damnyouautocorrect ‘n all that)

Then Laura said this…

 

And so here’s my best, super-brief shot.

 

Point 1)  Knowledge comes in different forms

As a minimum:
Concepts
Facts
Processes

 

Point 2) Knowledge Organisers don’t really organise knowledge

They organise facts, and are very well-suited to doing so.

But they’re terrible for organising concepts and processes.

 

In this sense, Knowledge Organisers are really more ‘Fact Organisers‘ than Knowledge Organisers…

‘Knowledge’…

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Why Maths Teachers Don’t Like Knowledge Organisers | Kris Boulton

TeacherTapp said this:

So I said this… (though I meant to say ‘knowledge’ – damnyouautocorrect ‘n all that)

Then Laura said this…

 

And so here’s my best, super-brief shot.

 

Point 1)  Knowledge comes in different forms

As a minimum:
Concepts
Facts
Processes

 

Point 2) Knowledge Organisers don’t really organise knowledge

They organise facts, and are very well-suited to doing so.

But they’re terrible for organising concepts and processes.

 

In this sense, Knowledge Organisers are really more ‘Fact Organisers‘ than Knowledge Organisers…

‘Knowledge’…

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Where to Learn About Direct Instruction | Kris Boulton

I’m frequently asked for places to go to learn about Direct Instruction.

So, here’s a summary.

I’d probably suggest starting with ‘Psychology Learning Resources,’ for an intro / overview.

 

Books
Solity (2008) – The Learning Revolution
Engelmann & Carnine (1982)  – Theory of Instruction (the magnus opus)
Engelmann (1992) – War! Against the Schools’ Academic Child Abuse
Engelmann & Carnine (2011) – Could John Stuart Mill Have Saved Our Schools?
Stockard (2017) – The Science and Success of Direct Instruction

 

Other
Psychology Learning Resources
Engelmann (2006) –…

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Where to Learn About Direct Instruction | Kris Boulton

I’m frequently asked for places to go to learn about Direct Instruction.

So, here’s a summary.

I’d probably suggest starting with ‘Psychology Learning Resources,’ for an intro / overview.

 

Books
Solity (2008) – The Learning Revolution
Engelmann & Carnine (1982)  – Theory of Instruction (the magnus opus)
Engelmann (1992) – War! Against the Schools’ Academic Child Abuse
Engelmann & Carnine (2011) – Could John Stuart Mill Have Saved Our Schools?
Stockard (2017) – The Science and Success of Direct Instruction

 

Other
Psychology Learning Resources
Engelmann (2006) –…

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An angry blog post about Great Yarmouth Charter Academy | Kris Boulton

On Thursday I spent a morning at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, and like many people, I’m angry.

 

Angry that there aren’t more schools like this, which was one of the most inspiring school environments I’ve seen.

 

Here’s what I saw:
Everywhere teachers went, pupils greeting them with smiles and ‘good mornings’ that were heartwarming in their palpable sincerity
Corridors that were calm, and orderly
Behaviour in classrooms that was impeccable – amongst the best I have seen in any school, anywhere
Every child I spoke to was grateful for any help I offered, obviously excited to…

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