if the Montessori method is so good, why isn't everyone using it?
Because you have to pay extra for it? As with Steiner, I am rather hesitant about basing an entire educational philosophy on one perception (or the ideas of one guru) about learning. For example, I can't fathom the Steiner prohibition of primary colours, in favour of pastel version of the world. Or their attitude to children playing with toy guns, whilst they are happy to let them wave swords around, in some kind of cod-Middle Ages fantasy. I think it is more about adult fantasies, than what children should be allowed.
Assessment and evaluation is not such a problem in the primary and secondary sectors; I reckon it is more of a problem in the tertiary sector. When I first turned up at my university, I asked 'what are your processes for assessment?' and was handed a one page scale of numerical marks/letter grades. To this day, despite years of marking and assessment, I couldn't honestly adequately to a challenge from a student who might ask "what is the difference between an A- and B+ grade?". I might be able to, in a very subjective fashion, but not in the same way Excellence/Merit/Achieved is explained and defined in NCEA, for example. Or in the feedback that primary students get.
Of course, at university, we do have the freedom to develop more sophisticated assessment and we do so in Screen & Media Studies eg visual essays, group presentations, peer assessment, self-assessment, external moderation but this does require extra work. Last week we had a e-Learning day at the uni and it was a rare (too rare) opportunity to talk about assessment and learning styles.
Good to have Gordon join our discussion. I have said it before--PAS is the very best place for informed opinion and enlightened discussion to be found in this country.
literacy at Level 2 being assessed by 'language rich' subjects such as History and Media Studies etc,
Level 1 Media Studies willl be introduced in 2011. The AS have been developed and are being trialled this year. I would argue (with great vigour) that Media Studies is very much about literacy. Most specifically, 'literacies' of the kind which equip students for the C21st--as well as accessing all the best of the C20th.
seeing thousands of people move like that in unison. ... somewhere someone has a sexual fetish about it.
I guess old Adolf got off on it in a big way.
Talking of insect life, we have a Monarch chrysalis that has turned black and gold but remained that way for two days. As it was one I rescued from where it had fallen and taped to the swan plant from whence it had been feeding, I guess it is a not-to-be-a-butterfly
Yikes! Have you chose your music-to-give-birth-by or will the circling hordes hum loudly? :-)
Was is Zenith Applied Philosophy or did that dangerous lot of fruit-loops pop up later?
This is why the press is dying, inadequate spelling skills and fewer pendants
And with this Your Honour, the prosecution rests.
Or is that petard?
instead of bringing in that ear-gratingly awful Geordie to replace him.
That ain't singing. It's gargling!
Thanks for all the helpful advice. I am packing my bag ;-)
Will I be hauled through the streets and battered to death with tire jacks if I say that AC/DC are truly awful?