Monthly Archives: September 2016

24 Statements of Knowing

Without wishing to go all E.D. Hirsch, here’s my first attempt at presenting an adjunct/alternative to the Junior Cycle’s skills-heavy, knowledge-light 24 Statements of Learning. Some of this might be more appropriate for Leaving Cert but the point is that … Continue reading

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Why do school-leavers study science?

The first thing I do with my incoming first year biotechnology class is to give a lecture on the “10 types of scientist”. The lecture is based on this study by the Science Council in the UK, a study that … Continue reading

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24 Statements of Learning

Consider these: The Student: communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts in L1 (Irish or English) listens, speaks, reads and writes in L2 (Irish or English) and one other language at a level of proficiency … Continue reading

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Unconscious bias in education

No, this is not about gender; it’s about something else entirely. It’s lunchtime and after two lectures in a row, I’m tired. I don’t always lecture in the conventional sense. Very often my ‘lectures’ are problem-solving sessions in which the … Continue reading

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The changing language of education

   Term What it means today What it used to mean Coding Computer programming Something a spy might have done Learner Student/Pupil A person learning to drive a car Engaged Could mean anything What you became before you got married … Continue reading

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The great education debate is coming to Ireland – I hope

There is a strong tendency among bona-fide academic educationalists and their more dodgy fellow-travelers who seem to be taking over the internet, to de-emphasise the need for students to acquire knowledge. “We need to teach students to learn how to … Continue reading

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I’m with ASTI on the Junior Cycle

I was going to write something substantial about the new Junior Cycle but having visited juniorcycle.ie and perused the documentation, I abandoned that idea because it was all so predictable and even depressing. Education is now seen (by the majority … Continue reading

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