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Magazine Issue 67: Inspiring Educators 1
January 2016

This month: Thoughts about Inspiring Educators

Article: Inspiring Educators 1
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This Month's Article:

Inspiring Educators 1: Charlotte Mason

Inspiring Educators 1: Charlotte Mason An Article describing the life, work and philosophy of 19th C. educational reformer Charlotte Mason. Includes professional development prompts to help you enrich your own practice/curriculum.

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators

Tags: Charlotte Mason Home Schooling Brain-Based Learning
Charlotte Mason

It's now an educational cliché to point out that a surgeon from 100 years ago would be lost in a contemporary operating theatre; whereas a teacher from then would be right at home in a 21st century classroom - apart from the iBoard, iPads, groupwork and sweatshirts - the point being that education hasn't evolved to meet the demands of its time in the way that medicine has.

It's the other way round with Charlotte Mason. Her philosophy and practice of the late 19th century is exactly what's needed right now.

It's encouraging that many aspects of today's forward-thinking educational practices can be traced back to her ideas; less promising how little they have been adopted day-to-day in the classroom (homeschooling is a different matter; here, Mason is an inspiration and a deep mine of teaching resources)

Charlotte Mason was born in Bangor on 1st January 1842. An only child, home-schooled by her parents, she trained to teach at 17 then spent ten years at The Davison School in Worthing. She lectured at Bishop Otter College, Chichester, finally settling in Ambleside in 1891. Here she established The House of Education which later become The Charlotte Mason Teacher Training College (now closed). She was convinced that children's learning and growth would be helped if parents and carers actually understood the principles of bringing up children. The House of Education served governesses and those working with young children to do just that.

She believed passionately in the innate goodness of all children and in their natural predisposition to learn. Brain research of the time influenced her thinking about habit, character and memory, leading to a curriculum and a pedagogy that would by and large stand up to today's requirements.

Charlotte died in January 1923 having written extensively and concisely about her philosophy and having worked tirelessly to bring it to life through a broad, non-utilitarian curriculum.

Charlotte Mason PD Prompts
"I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will." (her motto for students) How does my current practice/our current curriculum allow children to:
Discover who they are? (I am)
Believe they can succeed? (I can)
Develop morality? (I ought)
Persevere? Be resilient? Achieve? (I will)
"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life" How well is my current practice/our current curriculum designed to:
Prepare pupils for their futures?
Create effective habits of mind?
Establish positive character traits?
"In every lesson children should trace effect from cause, or cause from effect; compare things to find out wherein they are alike, and wherein they differ." (paraphrased) How does my current practice/planning allow for pupils to reason, compare, evaluate, sort, group, rank, categorise, conclude, hypothesise?

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Modular Thinking

Modular Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for creating thinking processes and thinking structures to suit individuals' study needs.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Any Subject, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Questioning Process
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Modular Thinking PowerPoint

Modular Thinking PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint with slides and examples to help you design Modular Thinking for your pupils/subject.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Questioning Process
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Skills Think Sheet - Targets & Goals

Skills Think Sheet - Targets & Goals A Think Sheet to inspire deeper thinking about goal setting in life work and learning.

Categories: Think Sheet, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, Secondary

Tags: Targets Goals Success
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Creative Curriculum

Creative Curriculum An Article looking at the idea of 'Curriculum' and a rationale for creative curricula.

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Categories: Article, Curriculum, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Creative Curriculum

Creative Curriculum Snapshot Audit

Creative Curriculum Snapshot Audit A Curriculum Planning Tool that prompts you to think about all aspects of creativity in school. An effective way to celebrate what you're doing and to plan developments.

Categories: Other Resources, Creativity, Curriculum, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Creative Curriculum Leadership Planning
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Genius Hour

Genius Hour A guest Article from Graham Andre introducing the amazing concept of Genius Hour.

If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed, the vision pulls you.
Steve Jobs

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Categories: Article, Creativity, Other Subject, Junior

Tags: Genius Hour Creative Curriculum Creativity

Values Think Sheet - Ambition

Values Think Sheet - Ambition A Think Sheet to help deepen understanding of ambition.

Categories: Think Sheet, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, All Ages

Tags: Values Ambition
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Feedback Circles

Feedback Circles A Thinking Skills Tool to help embed feedback in day to day classroom interactions.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assessment AfL Feedback Questioning
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Eat That Frog
by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog<br>by Brian Tracy List then rank every task you have to do today - A1, A2, A3...B1, B2...C1, C2, C3 etc. A1 is your frog. Eat (do) it now! Otherwise you'll spend the rest of the day on the Cs. And Ds (checking email/making another coffee).

This is the most effective time management idea I've ever used. It's simple and sustainable and many of the folks with whom I work have used it to raise their productivity and effectiveness in school. It's a short read (as all time management books should be) that shows you how to find your frogs and how to put good habits into place. Find out how to do what matters most, first.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development

Tags: Effectiveness


Charlotte Mason's 6 Volume Book Series

Charlotte Masons 6 Volume Book Series A superb distillation of Charlotte Mason's writing. Key points and quotations are interesting, relevant and well-curated.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Thought Leader

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