Category Archives: Thinking Aloud

Thinking Aloud: There’s Nothing Like Common Sense

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” Tim Burton Bip, Bop, Bip, Bop… Time for another analogy. People complain – rightly – about moving goalposts, and how it’s harder to achieve standards when the expectations change seemingly month on month. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Textbooks, etc

To be better equipped for the tests that the year will bring — read a textbook. To prepare for the tests that life will bring — read a book. Mokokoma Mokhonoana This is a kind of follow-up to @srcav’s recent blog post … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: CPD, We Hardly Knew Ye

Through others we become ourselves. Lev S. Vygotsky This is a post that follows up on fmaths’ great post on CPD. Here’s my thoughts. The Dark Arts I talked, in a previous post, about Mathematics being a language of odd … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Are There ‘Two’ Mathematics?

“They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.” Kurt Cobain Imagine you decide to learn a new language. As you’re a bit keraaazy you decide you’ll pick something totally left field. A … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: On Statistics, Again

“99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.” Ron DeLegge II “Gents With No Cents” My previous post on statistics proved to be very popular – with David Didau, no less, for example – and as … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: On Statistics

“Lies, damn lies and statistics” attributed to Benjamin Disraeli I can be a bit of smug sod at times. I often have those moments where in a conversation where I have to interject and say, “hang on a minute”, a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: League Tables

The original idea behind the mathematical system was that it would liberate public servants from old forms of bureaucratic control. Once they were given the targets, they were free to achieve them any way they wanted. But almost immediately, New … Continue reading

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