Task 10: the language of creativity

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Domenico | No Comments

For this task I have chosen a video by American artist Michael Moshen and a TED talk by Randy Palisoc, an American teacher. Moschen, who is one of my favourite artists and is best known for his contact juggling and his creative TED talks, has been spending lot of time in schools concentrating on the […]

Super Jiji the Penguin

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Students quite often complain that mathematics is too hard, yet they make use of skills, when playing video games, that are not very different from those needed to learn mathematics. Could these skills be transferred into a learning environment? In his article, Gee seems to say that, if we could turn mathematics, or any other […]

Just a matter of beliefs

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Angela Duckworth gives us a very good idea, based on years of researches, about what successful people have in common. In most of the cases, it is not talent. It is passion and perseverance for long term goals. Of course this is very interesting, although I believe, I had already had the same sort of […]

Growing or not growing

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Domenico, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

This week, both Willingham and Syed give us a better insight into some of the components of learning and education, as well as some extremely useful tools that can be implemented by teachers in school. I believe that, the mnemonic techniques described by Willingham can support relational understanding. If students are pushed to think about […]

Back To The Future

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Domenico, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

According to Robinson, our current education system is, quite often, neither useful to the children nor to the development of our society. Lockhart also includes maths education in this soul crushing mayem and he arrives to lament that, we don’t actually teach any mathematics in school, but something equivalent to painting with numbers. I found […]

The liberation of mathematics

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Can computers and programming be really effective tools to make maths’ learning in school both vocational and intellectual, at the same time? According to Wolfram, maths is the mainstream subject to the future. We need it, if we want to move our economy forward. With Wolfram Alpha, students can face problems that try to recreate […]

Reflections on Shanghai teaching CPD

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Domenico, Uncategorized | No Comments

After reading some of the material published on the PISA website, I was really looking forward to attending this seminar and, I can definitely say that, it was a positive experience.   Children in Shanghai have the best results in the world in mathematics, so it is not surprising if their teachers are receiving a […]

The art of making mathematicians

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Domenico, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I am still of the opinion that implementing Salman Khan’s blended learning into mainstream teaching could bring some benefits. Although, I now believe that Pershan has raised some good points. If this is how schools are going to look tomorrow, maybe it would be better if Khan Academy resembled more the kind of teaching of […]

A glimpse of the future of education

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Domenico, Uncategorized | One Comment

According to the article by Willingham, there is enough scientific evidence supporting the idea that everyone is fully capable of learning mathematics. Mathematical proficiency will require careful cultivation and will develop slowly, but with persistence and hard work, students can learn. It is also absolutely understandable that, depending on personal inclinations, people choose what to […]

The aim of education

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Domenico, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

After reading the article by Skemp, I chose to watch the video of Claxton because I think they both engage the public with an important question: what do we want from our students?   Whether we talk about understanding relationally, in the case of Skemp, or whether we talk about building a sceptical disposition towards […]