The best form of feedback is more teaching

'Feedback' is used to describe the high-pitched whine that emanates from a speaker when the audio waves are picked up by a microphone, or other audio-input device, and amplified back through the speaker in a continuous, building, loop. It is piercing, irritating and unwelcome. This form of feedback is a useful metaphor for another meaning … Continue reading The best form of feedback is more teaching

Zen and the Art of the Computing Curriculum

"The whole is other than the sum of its parts." Kurt Koffka There seems to have been a resurgence in debate about curriculum, at least amongst the blogging classes. This interest has perhaps been driven by the freedoms created through a slimmed down National Curriculum and removal of NC levels, and perhaps also by arguments in … Continue reading Zen and the Art of the Computing Curriculum

Tips for using MC questions to highlight a misconception

I’ve been fortunate to observe a number of colleagues using multiple choice questions in their teaching recently. Sometimes these were being used to promote recall of previously taught material. Others were using MC questions to highlight misconceptions. The design and use of MC questions for highlighting misconceptions seems to be a tougher thing to get … Continue reading Tips for using MC questions to highlight a misconception