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The recently released Tamil flick “Appa”, directed by Samuthirakani has received immense praise for its immaculate portrayal of the hardships faced by almost every high school student in Tamil Nadu, and also across the country. 542 more words


Study methods are paramount

Less than an hour ago I received my grades for the three courses I tried in university. Philosophy: 15/20, statistics: 3/20, linear algebra: didn’t take the exam. 1,023 more words


Rote Learning

Rote seems a little old fashioned as a technique for learning. What most of us want as teachers is for students to be able to think for themselves and to be flexible in their approaches. 189 more words

Direct instruction is better than inquiry learning

So says this report. Here is a media account.

“Often derided as “drill and kill” or making children “parrot” what is being taught, the UK report and other research suggests that memorization and rote learning are important classroom strategies, which all teachers should be familiar with.”

Memory Myths

Where Computers and Classrooms Meet – Policy Successes and Struggles in South Korean Education Reform

By Charleen Chiong (@CNCharleen), University of Cambridge

The tides are turning in classrooms in South Korea. In the 1960s, a wave of industrialization swept the young republic, causing rapid economic and educational growth. 1,078 more words

Public Affairs, Administration And Policy

Learning Times Tables

I appreciate this has a limited range of appeal (Mums with kids aged KS1-2) but it is a life changing product for those with children who just don’t have the patience or interest in learning their times tables. 228 more words