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Thinking deep: beyond the specification

Thinking deep: beyond the specification

The shift from the almost entirely knowledge & skills-based IGCSE in ICT course to the somewhat loftier heights of A levels and the IB diploma course, Information Technology in the Global Society (ITGS) can be a struggle for many students. As critical thinking,...
Long-term learning: embracing the Cornell method

Long-term learning: embracing the Cornell method

For as long as I’ve been teaching content that requires more than a handful of notes, I have encouraged my students to use the Cornell method for note taking. When I arrived here in St Helena in September of last year, four weeks after the start of the academic year,...
Critical thinking in the curriculum

Critical thinking in the curriculum

I read today about the resignation of renowned Classicist Professor Edith Hall from Royal Holloway due to the shrinking of budgets for the Humanities and what she described as having been pushed beyond her ‘tipping point’. It was fairly unremarkable Guardian article...
What would your curriculum look like?

What would your curriculum look like?

Since September, I have been living & working on the beautiful island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. St Helena is roughly 4,500 miles from the UK,  3,000 miles from South Africa, and as such has a valid claim to the title of ‘remotest island in the...
Key questioning: don’t skip steps

Key questioning: don’t skip steps

From firm foundations… When I was training to teach, one of my tutors had a section on his lesson plan proforma entitled “vocab”. At the time, I wondered what possible reason there would be to have a vocab section for an ICT lesson plan – the...