'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Mike Scadden on Education


1. The importance of Self Belief.  The forerunner of every successful person.
2. Planning based on the relationship of the child to the topic.
3. Age Appropriateness of the learning.
4. (No) Rewards.  Cognitive learning and creativity are especially inhibited by rewards. Celebrate (unexpectedly) and acknowledge instead.
5. Require applications instead of making appointments.
6. Contracts for learning.  A challenge: time and support required from teachers
7. Transfer learning into real-life situations so it stays in memory.


  1. Good summary. Points 5. Applications and 6. Contracts for learning are new to me. Seems it makes learning as well as teaching more interesting.

  2. I've always had an ambivalent attitude to rewards per se.