I’ve just set up a free Substack newsletter where I’ll be posting all my future writing on education and assessment. If you’ve already signed up to updates from this blog, you’ll be transferred over to the Substack and you won’t need to do anything. I’ll keep the archive on this blog, but I won’t be… Read more »Read more
Author: Daisy Christodoulou
Our new podcast on the history of education
My last few posts on this blog have all been about the future of education and the impact of artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT. But in the last few weeks I’ve started a podcast on the history of education. My co-host is Elizabeth Wells, the archivist at Westminster School, and it’s being hosted by Teacher… Read more »Read more
Research Ed 2022: Linking the curriculum & assessment
Here are my slides from September 2022’s Research Ed conference, and below is a short summary. DC Research ed 2022 If you’d like to read more, take a look at my books! If you’d like to take part in any No More Marking assessments, take a look at our website and sign up for one… Read more »Read more
How to teach with John Stuart Mill
This was originally posted on the Lib Dem Teacher blog in 2015. Let’s imagine you want to teach pupils what a verb is. You give them a brief definition, and a few examples of verbs being used in sentences. Jack sprinted to the shop. She plays football every day. Trains are a type of transport.… Read more »Read more
Is “learning loss” the right phrase?
This post can also be found on the No More Marking blog here. Over the last few months we have heard a lot of worries about the potential ‘learning loss’ being incurred by students who have missed several months of school. What is meant by this phrase? Let’s think of a couple of scenarios. Let’s… Read more »Read more
What will COVID-19 change in education? And what will stay the same?
A couple of weeks ago, I ran a webinar for the Teacher Development Trust where I asked everyone which statement they agreed with most. One: The educational responses to COVID-19 have been emergency interventions with little long-term benefit. When schools return, I will go back to teaching as normal and be grateful for it. Two:… Read more »Read more
Laptops vs phones: the learning difference
Suppose you have a couple of hundred words of text that you would like your students to read. Does it make a difference if they read it on paper or on a screen? Yes. In this post here, from last December, I review some of the research that shows students do worse on screen-based reading… Read more »Read more
What does the research say about designing video lessons?
Education technology is really powerful. The problem is that it is just as easy to use that power badly as to use it well. You can see this with video lessons – clearly video allows you to do all kinds of cool things, but how many of these cool things will help students to learn… Read more »Read more
What makes a good flashcard?
What makes a good flashcard? Keep it really simple. Here’s what not to do. The problem with this flashcard is that it is not clear exactly what you are supposed to remember or how you can be sure if you have got right. Are you supposed to recite every word? Just identify some of the… Read more »Read more
How can we make learning with laptops & tablets work?
When I was studying for GCSE history, there was a sudden class panic about revision guides. I think a job lot of guides had arrived at the library and were available to buy for about £2, but a rumour went round that they were selling out. Suddenly, students who weren’t even studying history were worrying… Read more »Read more