Author: Daisy Christodoulou

Scott Young’s Ultralearning: Projects or Drill?

In 2011, Scott Young set himself the challenge of learning MIT’s entire 4-year computer science degree, despite not being a student at the university. He succeeded. His new book Ultralearning is all about how you can take on similarly tough challenges, and master really hard skills in relatively short periods of time. The book is… Read more »

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Even reliable assessments can be biased

Imagine a class of 20 students, ten boys, ten girls. They all sit a maths exam which is graded from 0 – 9. On average, the boys and girls do equally well. The average grade of all the pupils is 4.5, and that is also the average of the sub group of boys, and of… Read more »

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What is Mastery? The good, the bad, the ugly

Over the last couple of years the idea of a ‘mastery curriculum’ has become ever more popular – and ever more nebulous. I’ve heard the word ‘mastery’ applied to very different approaches to the curriculum, and as a result of that, I’ve seen plenty of people dismiss the entire concept of mastery as just another… Read more »

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What the marathon teaches you about education

In my book Making Good Progress I developed an analogy between education and marathon running. Put simply, you wouldn’t train for a marathon by trying to run 26.2 miles in every training session. And in the same way, you shouldn’t prepare for an exam by doing exam-style activities in every lesson. I’d never run a… Read more »

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My top 10 education books of 2018

In no particular order… Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley, Terrence Sejnowski and Alistair McConville This book is a fun, witty and very, very practical summary of how we learn, and how we can learn better. Oakley and Sejnewoski are the creators of the world’s most successful online learning course, and in the book you can… Read more »

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Global Education and Skills Forum 2018

Last weekend I spoke at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. I spoke for the motion in the following debate: ‘”I can just Google it” is making us stupid.’ You can see the video here. I’ve put a transcript of my speech below, together with references. In a letter to a friend, the… Read more »

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Research Ed 2017

This was the fifth national Research Ed conference, and in my mind they’ve started becoming a bit like FA Cup Finals or Christmas – recurring events that start to blur into one. “Oh, South Hampstead – was that the one where Ben Riley from Deans for Impact visited and it all kicked off about grammars?”… Read more »

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