Teaching iterative design……….catching up with the curve.

Falmouth University students presenting their designs to Sir Kenneth Grange

  Things have changed in the design world.  I jumped at the invitation to join students at Falmouth University as they presented their ideas to to their visiting professor, Sir Kenneth Grange.  Now here’s the thing.  When I was growing up this man was shaping the world, indeed he was creating the design climate we … Continue reading

Less is more……….learning objectives or whatever you want to call them.

Stylish lighting. (Image courtesy of Camborne Science and International Academy)

As I write the news is arriving that Michael Gove has suggested that all schools start taking the Common Entrance exam, used by private schools to select entrants for their establishments.  He seems to be oblivious of the fact that not very long ago all schools were taking something similar called SATs and that for … Continue reading

Teaching Design Technology………….the oldest profession?

(It is of course scurrilous of me to use an image of one of Alan Tugwell’s stunning works and in the same breath even hint at what is usually deemed to be the oldest profession.  If you are taken with his work then you can check out his blog which, though out of date will … Continue reading

Measuring progress …………or shooting the goose?

A colleague and I were having a conversation.  One of those snatched moments in a corridor when something really happens and you find yourself getting excited about teaching as you share your thoughts, usually finished off with, “We really need to get together and have a proper talk.”  Which, of course, teaching being what it … Continue reading

Just another lesson………the deeper truth about learning objectives.

High order design skills in evidence with a year 8 pupil working on a project.

It wasn’t a formal lesson observation, the kind where you agree what you will be looking at, look at it and then talk about what you looked at.  It was just one of those countless situations where I needed to be in a colleagues room using a piece of equipment while they got on with the lesson … Continue reading

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