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Expansive Education 

is an approach to teaching that focuses on developing dispositions that help young people to be fulfilled and successful in their lives   

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Expansive webinars & workshops with

Bill Lucas




 
 


Professional learning webinar with Bill - 1st July 2020


Topic: How to thrive in crazy times: 9 rules for changing your life and a suggestion for action research next term


Covid-19 is forcing us all to rethink the way we do things. In his last webinar of the term Bill draws on research from his award-winning book rEvolution: How to thrive in crazy times to offer some timely end of school year thinking for busy teachers to reflect on.


Recording come soon! 




Covid-19, schooling and lockdown - how are parents coping with the challenges?


Due to Covid-19 and lockdown many parents of school-age children assumed responsibility for home schooling without any experience or time to prepare and alongside weathering the pandemic, job changes and other caring responsibilities. How are parents coping with the realities of ensuring their children carry on learning, what are the parenting approaches and attributes that have helped with this and what have been the lasting effects on parental engagement with their children’s education as lockdown eases and some children return to school? A study at the University of Winchester is seeking responses on this from parents undertaking home-schooling who are asked to complete the survey – click here




Catch up on past webinars

Webinar with Bill - click here to listen to the recording 


16th June 2020

Why we need to stop talking about twenty-first century skills and start embedding dispositions for learning in all subjects in all our schools 


As we neared the end of the twentieth century, with the Internet gaining in pace and scope, it was inevitable that we'd be thinking about what schools might look like in the new millennium. Many of us used 'twentieth-century skills' as a short-hand for a different kind of education. But the trouble is that the phrase has increasingly become an evangelical shout-out which polarises debate between knowledge and skills, often antagonising the many thoughtful teachers who do not see the debate in this binary way. In this webinar Bill Lucas urges us to move on from the rhetoric and focus on the evidence. Bill will outline some of the best frameworks for blending dispositions and habits of mind with knowledge and skill in schools.


Professional learning webinar with Bill - Zest for Learning


Recording coming soon!


What is zest? Why does instilling curiosity matter? Why do we need all young people to find purpose and balance in their lives? How do we promote student engagement? How best do we work with outside organisations to add gusto to all that we do in schools? All of this and more will be explored! 


Talk about character education at an interactive workshop aimed at educators 


Listen to Professor Bill Lucas


This was an interactive session which allowed discussion and the opportunity to ask questions to Bill Lucas 

Here are some of the points that came up in the discussions:


Developing Student Creativity


Listen to the webinar 

Developing the creativity of school students has never been more important. It improves employability, enhances well-being and is needed to address the pressing problems of our Age. More than 50 countries across the world have it as an explicit part of their national curricula. 


Engineering habits of mind: what they are and how they can help us develop engineers in schools


 

Listen to the recording


Listen to Professor Bill Lucas talk about character education at an interactive workshop aimed at educators.





Latest from Bill & Ellen's Blogs

Expansive Notes: Covid19 is a chance to...

Staying at home has made a lot of people think. Whether about coping, finding meaning, how to best use this time, or how we might look back on this extended moment fondly, there have been no shortage of responses.

Some people find themselves with time on their hands now; others are almost literally twice as busy. There have been suggestions that we adults use this time – if we’re in the first group – to learn something new. Or perhaps this period isn’t one in which to develop new habits, but to reinstate those ones that slipped by the wayside.


Read full Blog post here


Expansive Notes: Our best reads for teachers (remote and home-schooling!)


At a time when teachers are working remotely from their pupils, and maybe even having to homeschool their own children simultaneously, many will be wondering how best to use this time and maximise its opportunities. With exams cancelled and much uncertainty, teachers can guide children and young people in ways that will make a real difference to their lives. Here are our thoughts on some ideas we have collated from around the web:


Read full Blog post here


Research in Practice: Problem-based learning


Prof Bill Lucas and Dr Janet Hanson offer insights into the concept of problem-based learning as part of their work supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Comino Foundation.

 

The problem-based learning approach begins with a problem, which drives an inquiry process whereby learners use self-directed learning, problem-solving skills, and often group work, to identify solutions to a problem. 


Read the full blog post here


An open letter to Nick Gibb: 5 myths about creativity


By Bill Lucas

10 March 2020


In an open letter to the Schools Minister, Bill Lucas makes a case for the teaching and assessing of creativity

Dear Mr Gibb,


Congratulations on your reappointment in the recent Cabinet reshuffle. I am a strong supporter of your view that teaching should seek to develop deep knowledge in students and, of course, that we should unremittingly seek to raise standards.


At the same time, I am a long-term advocate of the value of creativity and critical thinking in schools and in life, advising organisations across the world on this topic. 


Today, I will be meeting with other educators and policymakers from around the world, to consider how best to use research and promising practices to advance the creativity agenda globally. 


I would like to take the opportunity to wonder aloud about five myths about creativity, which have gained currency in some people’s thinking. I would love to discuss these issues with you, in the light of the opportunity the UK still has to opt into the Pisa 2021 test of creative thinking.


These myths need to be challenged consistently if we are truly to cultivate young people’s creativity across the world.


Read open letter in full


Why the UK must crank up efforts to get creativity blooming


Bill Lucas writes in TES


Education systems around the world are increasingly focused on nurturing creativity, recognising how important it is in enabling students’ potential to blossom, and developing the skills employers need.

Unless our government does the same, the UK will be left behind in the global race.



Twenty years ago, the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education, which was chaired by Ken Robinson, published a seminal report. It recommended the development of a national strategy for creative and cultural education to foster the different talents of all children. This was a landmark moment, as very few education systems at that time made creativity a key part of their national curricula.


New book Zest for Learning

Authors: Prof Bill Lucas & Dr Ellen Spencer


Zest for Learning: Developing curious learners who relish real-world challenges


Zest for Learning: connects the co-curriculum with the formal curriculum, building both theoretical and practical confidence in the kinds of pedagogies which work well. It draws together a far-reaching literature exploring zest and zest-like attributes, offering schools and organisations working with schools a model of how it could be at the heart of children’s educational experiences.

Zest for Learning: is a call to action for school leaders to broaden their horizons of what school can be and to take heart from the ideas which others are already using. It is the third book in the Pedagogy for a Changing World series, which details which capabilities matter and how schools can develop them.

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What we're reading

Inventing ourselves

The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

A compelling read which makes sense of the science and busts many of the neuromyths around today, this is a perfect book for teachers and parents. Range

Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

This is a brilliant take on expansive education, making the well-argued case that we need people who know a fair bit about a lot of things rather than individuals who get bogged down in the detail of a small number of disciplines.  

Powering up Children

The Learning Power Approach to Primary Teaching

If you are a teacher, this book will help you think about things like the learning environment you create and the language you use to develop children as learners.

15 Minute STEM

Quick, creative science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities

Great practical guide for teachers full of exciting quick activities that are easy to add into the timetable. Clear step by step instructions for creative learning in the classroom. 


The Learning Power Approach

Teaching learners to teach themselves

This book is rich with great ideas to help teachers to teach students to become expansive learners. 


Education Forward

Moving Schools into the Future

This book is an exciting 'optimistic' and 'future-focussed' movement for change trying to influence the conversation around schooling in the face of unprecedented societal and technological transformation. 



                                                                             




                                                      

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