Author Archives: Kris Boulton

About Kris Boulton

Teach First 2011 maths teacher, focussed on curriculum design.

MECE – 7 – Mental Models for Education

Pronounced ‘Mee-See,’ this is another fave from the world of consulting. When mapping out a curriculum, assessment, taxonomy, decision or driver tree, consider whether its components as you’ve outlined them are Mutually Exclusive, as well as Collectively Exhaustive. In other words, make sure … Continue reading

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Objective Oriented – 6 – Mental Models for Education

I’ve written about this before, so will only touch on it again briefly. There are two modes of thought when doing something: Process oriented Objective oriented The first asks ‘What must I do?’ then tries to do it.  The second … Continue reading

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The 80:20 Principle – 5 – Mental Models for Education

In 1896 the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto noticed that roughly 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of its population. The Pareto Principle, or more often, the 80:20 principle, suggests that 80% of your sales usually comes … Continue reading

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Cost-Benefit Analysis – 4 – Mental Models for Education

When considering the benefits of your new initiative, think also of the costs. In business this can be a simple calculation: what are the projected costs?  What is the expected revenue or saving?  Does the revenue / saving exceed the … Continue reading

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Must all maths teachers do this?

I had the privilege of being in Tom Kendall’s classroom recently, and saw something wonderful. A child in Year 7 said something that showed he’d understood something essential to arithmetic development, or advanced conceptualisation of arithmetic, or an important threshold … Continue reading

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Money Value of Time – 3 – Mental Models for Education

In a former life I spent some time working as an Associate for a boutique consultancy that specialised in social enterprise and the third sector. The MD asked me to codify the company’s burgeoning internal knowledge by producing a document … Continue reading

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Opportunity Cost – 2 – Mental Models for Education

Time I feel like joining London Business School to study for an MBA.  Let’s see what that’ll cost me.  £70,000… ouch!  But okay.  Actually hang on… I know I’m going to have to relocate to London to do this, so … Continue reading

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