Food for Thought
That the discussion forums at the Poppies Courses are called Food For Thought is not a whim. It is rather the firm conviction that teachers and learners need to analyse, come to conclusions, synthesise, combine different parts, assess, explain and then give reasons for our conclusions or statements. More on this in the next post.
In my two previous posts, I was asking readers to sign up a petition started by a young student of ESO. He is asking the Spanish minister of Education not to introduce the SATs called “reválidas”, at least not this academic year. Not only are these tests standardised, one-size-fits-all exams but also they have not been designed properly if they have been designed at all. And neither teachers nor students know what they will be like. I urge you to sign the petition and spread the word if you haven’t done so yet.
So, here’s the Food for Thought I invite you to give your mind while you do some listening practice.
Mainly for those who are preparing for the Competitive Exam for English Language Teachers, but also good food for any teacher, and particularly for administrators. Those who have known me for some time have heard me talk, no doubt, of Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. Also of Mastery learning and flipping the classroom. But more on this in the next post.
So, without any more ado, here is the TED talk he recently gave with some questions:
- What is the purpose of his talk?
- Why did his cousins think they didn’t have the Maths-gene?
- In which way does traditional schooling differ from the way we learn to do something? Is that sound?
- Why does he talk about home-building? Feel free to elaborate.
- What is Mastery Learning & how can it be achieved today?
- What implications can be drawn from the example he provides on reading?
- Why does he talk about the pyramid?
- Write a summary so that those who haven’t heard the talk get a good idea of its contents.
Looking forward to reading your answers!