In the most recent episode of Teachers Talking Teaching for Catfish Education – Episode 6: The Wonky Foundations of PISA and Turning Books to Games – we talk about the very cool work of Kip Glazer. Kip Glazer has answered that question that is quite often posed: Sure the flipped classroom/gamification works well for your subject, but how would it work for English (insert any subject you want here really)?

Turns out – quite well. Kip Glazer has used gamification and game-based learning to develop a deeper understanding of the literature that they are reading in her English classes. She has allowed her students to extend their understanding of the characters and the worlds that they are inhabiting through role play. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

Originally this wasn’t meant to be the article I covered. However, John really broke me as a human being with his article outlining the effects of standardised testing on education systems. Thus, I needed to talk about something cheery and rad. In particular, John talked about the effect of PISA on the approach to education in Singapore. This has resulted in the development of a tiered system that is differentiated by the amount of money that a parent has to spend on their children. This cannot be described as anything but morally questionable as a society. It also seems to be the direction that many countries (Australia included) seem to be heading further towards.

Standardised testing – sick as. Credit: Lecroitg

Maybe using games to enhance reading and writing is a much better approach than wasting time testing and testing with standardised examinations that take no notice of the local context of students.

Have a listen and join us in feeling the drama.

Pete Whiting (@Mr_van_W)

Catfish Education