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Why everyone should see the Imitation Game

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” ― Alan Turing Once in a while I come across something so profound that I feel like everyone should experience it. The movie The Imitation Game is one of such things. Set in between pre and post World War Two, it is a thrilling drama about the British effort to break the German war communications machine. According to the wikipedia entry about the film: The Imitation Game is a 2014 American historical drama thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (which was previously adapted as the stage play and BBC drama Breaking the Code). The lead role played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberlatch left an indelible mark on my mind. Besides the […]

Preparing for the future

Ever wonder why student scores remain stagnant? Ever wonder why schools, and students, are measured by assessment data? Wonder about the implications of over reliance on these measures? In his recent article in The Telegraph writer Iain Kilpatrick dissects the conundrum that is modern schooling by exploring the conflict between what is taught in school and experience in the workplace. There is somewhat of a ‘production line’ mentality to our education system – ringing bells, children educated in batches based on date of manufacture (their age), siphoned off into separate subjects and separate facilities. For most employment situations this structure is at odds with what workers could experience. In fact, we do students such a disservice by forcing them into conformity that they won't know what to do with themselves once they find themselves out of school and into a job. Having grown ups telling […]

Respect- earned not demanded

When I started teaching I didn't have much experience managing a classroom. There were some pretty epic battles and, honestly, I could have done much better with more empathy towards my students. This introspection only comes from fourteen years of reflection. I wish I could meet those students again, offer an apology and turn back time to be able to have another go at teaching them. Distilling it down, the thing I regret most is misunderstanding respect. Respect isn't something you demand. It is something you earn. For example, I remember having trouble with one of my classes- the last period of the day. They refused to sit down and start their class work. So a kind teacher recommended that I try giving a warm up activity that I graded and was worth five points. At the time it seemed like a great idea, and […]