Filling in the gaps


Filling in the gaps

16 Sep ’17 Teaching 0

This week my commute was been filled with two leadership podcasts (and the Tes Podagogy podcast with Dylan Wiliams). Two podcasts from two nonagenarian leaders with a combined 183 years life experience, over at Finding Mastery. Both John Nordstrom and Dr Albert Bandura were as sharp as a tack and their responses deliberate and sage.Even the podcast titles suggested “experience.”


This conversation is with John Nordstrom (Nordstrom high-quality fashion retailer in the US) resonanted a level of care for his staff and a single, defined “customer service” as his and the company’s number one priority. Nordstrom discussing how he created a culture of trust and the “type” of poeple they recruit. He is a canny operator, that is for sure and he had an interesting view on the use of advice.

I don’t give advice. It’s counterproductive. It takes someone away from what they’re naturally good at.

Dr. Albert Bandura: The Theory on Creating Human Results

Optimism without efficacy gets you nowhere.

World renowned, Bandura does really need an introduction. His research changed our understanding of human learning and how modeling and interactions impact learning. The podcast introduced me to term “Human Agency” – the human capability to exert influence over one’s functioning and the course of events by one’s actions, having been familiar with self-effciacy and the difference between proximal and distal goals.


Albert’s “Theory of Agency” has 3 elements. First you have to project yourself into the future to have something to work toward. Second, is self-regulation, the extent that you can regulate your thoughts, emotions and behavior. The third is self-reflection, to what extent you can judge your capabilities (also known as self-efficacy).


Virtually every innovation that has touched our lives has been repeatedly rejected. Reasonable people adapt to the world, unreasonable ones try to change it. Human progress depends on the unreasonable ones.


Lastly Podagogy – a new Tes podcast for teachers about teaching.I rarely miss an opportunity to hear Dylan Wiliams talk about the intersection of research and education. He rarely fails to poke at an educational sore.


I have often said, what is interesting is not what works in education, but under what circumstances does it work.


The outcome of this twenty or so minutes listening, revisiting John Sweller’s theory of cognitive load.

Where to start, given there are 517 references on Google Scholar since 2017.


It was over at Greg’s blog, that I first read/heard about CLT, the principles and the main findings as they apply to teaching. Coincidental Greg posted this weekend signposting a video and a new resource from the New South Wales Centre for Education and Statistics..



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