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Global Citizens or Cosmopolitans?

Global Citizens or Cosmopolitans?

Posted on 23 December 2019 by Kevin Smith

This post relates to a previous post inspired by Mr Mock at Risca Comprehensive School and his passion for the Welsh Dimension and International Perspective of the new curriculum for […]

Curriculum & Culture: How should we teach Welshness?

Curriculum & Culture: How should we teach Welshness?

Posted on 16 December 2019 by Kevin Smith

Recently, I spoke at the “What’s Next? A discussion about the next steps in education in Wales?” event organised by Mrs Rebekah Bawler (@RCCS_MissBawler) and colleagues at Risca Comprehensive School […]

Teaching as a ‘fling’ career

Posted on 8 December 2019 by Kevin Smith

Teaching as a ‘Fling Career” Kevin M. Talbert, PhD Associate Professor, Education The College of Idaho "They're turning teaching into a fling career." -- K. G., class discussion, 12 Feb., […]

“Because 99% of the time the child is telling fibs. And you cannot know.”

Posted on 12 November 2019 by Kevin Smith

It’s that time again. The time when some semi-edutwitter-celebrity says something outrageous in an effort to maintain relevance and influence, irrespective of the potential consequences. In this day and age […]

How I lost my first job as a teacher

Posted on 16 October 2019 by Kevin Smith

Typically, these posts are 800 words or less. However, I've missed a post - so I'll make up for that with a double-post today. I hope you enjoy it. My […]

Teacher Demoralization

Posted on 23 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

As teachers are placed under greater levels of scrutiny and "accountability," there are less and less opportunities to discuss the values, beliefs and philosophical considerations of teaching that serve as the foundation for their practice and sense of purpose in their work.

Suicide Prevention and School

Suicide Prevention and School

Posted on 9 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

Suicide and self-harm are a growing problem among young people. This post discusses research with pupils in Wales regarding their sense of happiness, self-esteem and sense of self, as well as the importance of addressing mental health and well-being in school curricula

Does Philosophy have a role in the New Curriculum for Wales?

Posted on 19 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

Should young people study philosophy, or use philosophical practices as part of their schooling experience? This post discusses research with teachers in Wales about their perceptions of philosophy and its potential use in school curricula.

Let’s talk about race.

Let’s talk about race.

Posted on 15 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

Understanding the differences between "racism," "prejudice" and "discrimination" can help us to critically reflect on our beliefs, behaviours and assumptions that may promote racism, and how to change them.

Priorities, purpose and efficacy: How identifying aims/purposes in education can make us better teachers.

Priorities, purpose and efficacy: How identifying aims/purposes in education can make us better teachers.

Posted on 5 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

Efficacy is the belief in our ability to achieve the results we hope to achieve. The outcomes of our efficacy are normative based beliefs that our behaviour will lead to a desirable outcome, and efficacy expectations are our own belief that we can perform those behaviours. Understanding our values, beliefs and specific conceptualisations of our outcome and efficacy expectations can lead to a richer learning experience for pupils and a greater sense of satisfaction among teachers.