Notes on a conference – ResearchED 2013

An excellent summary of the ResearchEd 2013 conference held at the start of term at Dulwich College in South-East London.

Improving Teaching

“‘Imagine, you’re in your online game world, walking around looking for something to kill, or information, or healing magic or something actually relevant, and then some twat comes along trying to sell you a pair of imaginary trainers.’   She frowns.  ‘Kind of like life, I suppose.  Hmm.'”

Scarlett Thomas, PopCo

I mostly quite liked that paragraph, but I’m going to stretch it into an analogy for the place of research in many schools.  Imagine, you’re in the classroom, trying to work out how to teach a diverse group of students with a range of needs a complicated concept and then some twat comes along trying to sell you Brain Gym.  Then imagine that this comprises one of your five Inset days of the year, a huge investment in time and money; let’s not forget, it’s now school policy, so you need to be using it when the head drops…

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