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Adrian Cotterell
Teacher | Director of Studies F-12 | Studying a Master of Clinical Teaching |
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 19
But understanding the context and content is a prerequisite for critical thinking. All three are important.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 18
I’m struggling to see how the author jumped to this conclusion: “Based on this statement, critical thinking transcends content and context...” That isn’t right. Critical thinking is certainly integrated with content/context.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 16
"Meaning trumps pronunciation in the spelling of hundreds of English words." (Moats, 2005, p.12)
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 16
Does anyone have or know someone with an extensive working knowledge of the “Words their Way” spelling program? Pros/Cons of the program?
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History Lovers Club Jun 14
School playground equipment in the year 1900.
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Anna Vance Jun 14
Replying to @effortfuleduktr
My husband (PhD in Chemistry) and I have this discussion all of the time. He wouldn’t be able to problem solve and be creative with ideas without the significant amount of content knowledge he has. You can’t be googling everything when trying to solve complex things
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Geraldine Carter Jun 13
'A reluctance to spend time practising basic skills..derided as ‘meaningless rote learning.’ Nothing could be farther from the truth... What could be less creative than not being able to read fluently because your teaching thought phonics was boring?'
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 14
A strong challenge to anyone who thinks critical & creative thinking is a generic skill. Find a randomised controlled trial which shows an intervention focused on these skills increases general problem solving ability.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 13
He said it a lot more eloquently than I could have.
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John Kirkman Jun 11
My thoughts on ENGAGEMENT. The reason I find this word and concept to be so nauseating in education isn't, believe it or not, because I want to sap all the joy out of learning or turn my pupils into mindless knowledge receptacles. It's because the word has come to mean /1
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 11
Replying to @amuseED @rdkrdk and 2 others
We have a bit of a weird setup at the moment. Getting close to minimal paper. Our online portal and LMS are seperate. So I can give feedback/rubric on LMS and then seperate grade on portal.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 11
Replying to @amuseED @rdkrdk and 2 others
I usually give my feedback or completed rubric to my students before I send it to the online portal. Slows them down a bit before they get their score.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 11
However, this Semester we are not actually printing the reports. They will have to go onto the online portal to access the report. That might change things.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 11
They are. Just results and teacher feedback though. Many of the parents don’t though. Its going to take a few years to change the culture. Not sure how to speed up the process??
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 11
We also brought this in last year. “Live reporting” throughout the Semester has replaced them.
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Jon Brunskill Jun 3
I’m bringing knowledge back.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 9
Great Andy!!! Blog post on why is the most popular Teacher in Australia. His absolute infectious passion for his subject.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 9
Replying to @yeates_mark
Who is talking about rote learning? I’ve not mentioned it. We can have different types of philosophys for differing Ss. But if Ss are finishing primary school and reading, writing and calculating less well than they could be somewhere else down the road. Questions should be asked
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 9
Replying to @yeates_mark
If cohort after cohort are significantly lower than similar schools and they weren’t before the change in philosophy, then that could be a red flag suggesting something is not as effective as it could be. But like you said, other things might be at play.
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Adrian Cotterell Jun 9
Replying to @yeates_mark
I’m not trying to be dishonest. I just might be wrong. The two are very different.
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