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Dec. 16, 2018

I have been using the Cheese Test ever since 25 years ago. The main idea in this test is that it makes the hierarchy of the mistakes visible, and points directly to the most urgent jobs to attend to re the correction of those mistakes in the brain.

For that end, the answers are arranged in 12 levels in a pyramid format and the mistakes are shown as if they were the holes in a piece of cheese.

Students in my school do the test in 35 to 40 minutes and we make a screenshot of the result as you can see it in the top corner on this page.

The mistakes come from the brain and the non-blaming - cathartic - catalytic correction must be done on the brain as well. It is only possible if the student understands why the bad choices are bad, and why the good choices are good.

If the student is looking for the good choices during the test, there is a tendency that they will fall into a psychological trap, called tunnel vision.

The first option they will think of as good will prevent them form looking at all the other options with the same intensity and with  suspended judgement.

This is exactly what we want to avoid when we talk about all the points, having a reversed preference in mind, and we just do not go on until all the WHY QUESTIONS are answered for full understanding.

We dare to go slowly because it is important rather than urgent. Time is just not one of the dimensions in learning.

The first 25 years of the Cheese Test are gone and now it is high time we turned a new page.

From the 1st January 2019, I'm going to create a New Cheese Test, for a whole year, with the speed of one test point per day. It will be shown in a new blog, next door to this, and I'm going to discuss each and every test-point with a student and then share it with you all. 

For the first two weeks, the students will come from my pool, but after that it will be free for all registered students, i. e. registered on my home page. Catch as catch can.

So, if you are a STUDENT, just come along, register and volunteer for a point or two.

If you are a TEACHER, send your students along.

If you are a PARENT, do not send your APPLE OF THE EYE here; Just let them come.

Dec. 5, 2018

I have just uploaded a massive Geography Quiz. It might seem too difficult for the first touch but you can do it if you do not give it up. We managed with some students last night and laughed quite a lot.

Click HERE for a link.

Dec. 2, 2018

F L Billows wrote an excellent book about language teaching and learning in an age when it must have sounded as Science Fiction on Teaching English for Speakers of Other languages.

In many respects we do not know anything better even today and for the main stream it probably is still lunatic.

Please click HERE if you want to read into some of the ideas of this genius from the mid-20th Century.


Nov. 29, 2018

Lev Vygotsky discovered for the World of Education, among many other things, ZPD, i. e. the Zone of Proximal Development.

This means the difference between what a child can do alone when doing their best, and what they can do with the help of a parent, or other adult, or a more developed peer, with proper insight and helping attitude.

Let's see whether ZPD is the same as what we call the activity of the Good Mother and / or the Good Teacher.

Please click HERE:

Nov. 27, 2018

If you click on the link below, you will find a Picture Gallery starring some very important persons from the field of education, both past and present.

We are going to meet them all but neither in a chronological order, nor in an arbitrary order of importance.

Instead, the basis of our choice will be the urgency, sometimes relative and other times absolute, to meet them and to associate to some of their thoughts.

The first on the list is Lev Vygotsky. You will see shortly why.

For the video, please click HERE