Category Archives: SOLO

Why the knowledge/skills debate is worth having

‘I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike’. Maya Angelou I’ve come an awful long way since September 2011

The problem with progress Part 3: Designing lessons for learning

Over my last couple of posts I’ve suggested that you can’t see learning in lessons, you can only infer it from students’ performance. This means that as a teacher, when you get

Knowledge is power

I’ve been having a bit of think this week. Firstly I read Daisy Christodoulou’s post on Hirsch’s Core Knowledge curriculum. She points out that Hirsch, oft-condemned for being the darling of ideologues

The need for ‘Why To’ guides

I’m not a fan of telling people how to do things. OK, that may not strictly speaking be true, but I do believe that just explaining how to solve a problem is

Is SOLO a waste of time?

Stop blaming your lack of experimentation, risk and innovation on your lack of time. Hywel Roberts – Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally It was pointed out to me recently that I can

Shakespeare, SOLO taxonomy and taking risks (Part 2)

So, the risk paid off and I got the job. I am now Director for English and Literacy at Clevedon School, which has a pleasingly grand ring to it. You’ll remember the

Shakespeare, SOLO taxonomy and taking risks (Part 1)

I have an interview on Monday. For me the most stressful part of interview preparation is getting the lesson right. I’m happy to take criticism over almost anything else but I really

SOLO taxonomy training

UPDATE: I no longer think SOLO taxonomy is worth spending any time on. Here is why. A few weeks ago I rather rashly offered to present on SOLO taxonomy to the North

Hexagonal Learning

The mantra of all successful lesson observations these days is that students should be seen to be making progress. Perhaps the best way to show that you’re having an impact on their

Should we be teaching knowledge or skills?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that our education system isn’t quite up to snuff. And at that point virtually all agreement ceases. There are those on which we might loosely term

Objective Quest – Day 4

Am starting to feel slightly exhausted by all the different objective introducing techniques whirring around my head like a cloud of relentless cheerful wasps. I long to use the same one all

Going SOLO

A few months ago I wrote about some of the concerns people have had with ubiquity of Bloom’s Taxonomy and that there were other, perhaps more useful taxonomies around. Well, since then