Naturally “compostable” materials have enjoyed a rather smug status for some time. We all know that single use disposables are bad news for the environment, both practically and, increasingly, ethically too. But name something “compostable” and our halo shines a little brighter, and we feel more comfortable with the idea of throwing away that coffee cup after use.
Writing down maths is imperative to learning
If you’d like to hear about my new blogs, please subscribe here. It turns out “writing down” maths is imperative to learning and retaining new techniques. Yet it’s a hard concept to incorporate into ed-tech based learning. In the end, we found an ingenious way to ensure students were taking the time to write down the stages of their answers.
An inbuilt resistance to waste
Have you visited a municipal recycling plant recently? To do so is to see laid bare the damning downside of our consumerist society. Meander through the site on any Sunday: amid the organically decaying deposits in the garden waste skip and the irredeemably rusted contents of the scrap-metal bin you’ll see a tonnage of gear that might be perfectly safe, clean, usable and recyclable.
The impact on the environment of non-organic farming
Stroll down any supermarket aisle. On every shelf, a confusion of food labels. How many of us understand every one? Even if we did, that convenience store is the wild west, our most in-the-face example of the free market in action. With so few labels actually policed, what can be trusted to mean what it claims?
The many pros and cons of both setting and mixed ability classes in mathematics
Many people think that teaching mathematics in mixed ability sets is better than the current norm of setting by ability. I do not believe this is the case for the majority of maths classes in the UK. Let me explain.