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Roland Martin - Issue #22

In a galaxy not so far away...

Roland Martin

May 24 · Issue #22 · View online
Headmaster - City of London Freemen's school; Chief Officer - City of London - '...write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing' Benjamin Franklin

In a galaxy not so far away…

I found out this week that - not content with creating - arguably - the biggest and best movie franchise of all time, George Lucas wants to have a similar influence on the world of education. The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) is compelled to suggest that education ‘is the key to the survival of the human race’.  Not sure if we educators should feel empowered or terrified by this statement but I’m sure a few of us would be prepared to grab the nearest R2 unit and clamber into an X-Wing…
Vision and Mission | Edutopia
Now I’ve been following this particular website for some time, but I hadn’t been aware of its origins. How did I miss that one? GLEF’s Edutopia has some pretty interesting articles for educators and educated alike. Obviously, the context is a little different at times and having spent time last summer with over a hundred Heads of Schools in the US, I understand that some of the challenges we face on either side of the Atlantic - especially when comparing US public education - are markedly different. But there is common ground, too.  I liked the essential message in this article, for example, that encourages teachers to listen more acutely and to ‘ask better questions’…
Empowering Educators Through Cultural Competence | Edutopia
Another article that seems apt at this time of the year as we slowly lose a few examination classes and start to consider next year’s timetable suggests strategies for getting feedback from students in order that we can better evaluate our own performance.
3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | Edutopia
One of the questions I often put to prospective teachers in interview involves asking how they would rank four areas of teaching. Evaluation is one of them. The most convincing answers have not presumed that I am asking about the evaluation of children in their classes. 
Another Edutopia article of interest links the idea of reflection with Mindfulness strategies for students. Again, different contexts but some nice ideas in here…
Reflection: A Tool for Assessment, Empowerment, and Self-Awareness | Edutopia
Teach 'Communication' not 'English'
Edutopia is nicely put together and well worth a browse. The ‘core strategies’ and 'popular topic’ sections contain a range of interesting articles and blogs from social and emotional learning to game-based learning. There is a strong focus on everything project based and on different styles of learning.
A Word from George Lucas: Edutopia's Role in Education | Edutopia
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that one of the world’s masters of visual transmission wants to rebrand English teaching as communication teaching. He may even have a point…
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