In which I acknowledge the inspiration behind this blog.

Someone that I follow on Twitter retweeted this link:

http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/5835

I forget who it was, and I have neither the time nor (more significantly) the inclination to go trawling back through the past couple of months’ tweets to find out, but I found myself in agreement – especially after having decided, after five years of teaching, to unlearn how to teach.

Initially, I was inspired by ongoing conversations around the #geogsolo hashtag and spent a few weeks furiously reading up on, and trying to get my head around, SOLO taxonomy, HOT maps and the associated assessment rubrics. However, I then found myself falling victim to a kind of ‘mission creep’ as my reading up on SOLO taxonomy led me on to other research on flipped classrooms, project-based learning, Kagan co-operative learning structures and assessment for learning.

As much as anything, then, this blog is a dumping ground for my pseudo-structured thoughts as I experiment with a much more openly reflective approach to my practice. I also plan to post reviews on educational literature as I continue to engage with the theory, as well as the practice, of teaching. If anyone else can benefit from my ramblings, so much the better. And you’re welcome.

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About carljphillips

Geography teacher. PhD in cultural/historical geography (Nott'm., 2006). SF/F genre fiction fan. Liverpool FC supporter. Libertarian. Humanist. Etc. I blog about the theory and practice of Geography teaching, and teaching in general.
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