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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Effort:Impact Ratio – 1 – Mental Models for Education

6 years ago Joe Kirby decided to leave a lucrative career working for a social venture capital fund, take a massive pay cut, and join Teach First. As we talked about how we were going spend the year nervously preparing … Continue reading

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Overview – 0 – Mental Models for Education

Decision making is tough.  We are riddled with cognitive biases, from action bias to the halo effect and sunken cost fallacy.  They seem contrived only to make us terrible decision makers. Teachers, HoDs, Heads, all need to make decisions. Shall I tick … Continue reading

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Why SLANT?

At a past Michaela debate I heard Peter Hyman describe a desire for education ‘…with a smile, not a SLANT.’  The implication was not only, bizarrely, that the two are mutually exclusive (Bright Face is another technique taken from Lemov’s Teach Like a … Continue reading

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