Why I write a blog
I write about teaching, learning and education policy. My speciality is teaching Computer Science and Computer Games Design to 16+ students in London, UK.
It is my intention to write a blog post about the above subjects once a month as I strive to become a better teacher. Some posts will be anecdotal moments of epiphany from my teaching practice; some will be reactions to articles, videos, books I have read; and others will be reflections on experience.
My Teaching and Learning Mental Model
I also include here a set of statements about teaching, learning, and education that I have either borrowed or written myself. These should be taken as a summary of my mental model of how to teach and learn.
- “Do not say I have taught it if I have only used teacher talk.”
- “Do not say they have learnt it if they have not practised it successfully several times over a month.”
- “It is not just about engaging them; it’s about engaging them in activities that require analysis, processing and practice.”
- “When designing an activity ask what skill they will use to accomplish the outcome. Are they good skills?”
- “If your method reaches only the attentive students, then you must either invent new methods or call yourself a failure.” Price, Reynolds. (2000) Feasting the heart.