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Martin Robinson and Tom Sherrington: Trivium in Action. Festival of Education


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Martin Robinson and Tom Sherrington: Trivium in Action. Festival of Education

  1. 1. Grammar Chartres 6/20/2015 1A Trivium for the 21st Century
  2. 2. Rhetoric Borgia’sapartment 6/20/2015 2A Trivium for the 21st Century
  3. 3. Socrates Dialectic 6/20/2015 3A Trivium for the 21st Century
  4. 4. The Trivium Grammar 6/20/2015 4A Trivium for the 21st Century
  5. 5. Francis Bacon’s Trivium (tradition): Grammar = Organ: speech, gesture, words. Dialectic = Method: Empirical logic, argument to secure reason (avoid abstractions. inductive). Rhetoric = Illustration: Filling imagination with reason, adapting communication for the audience. 6/20/2015 5A Trivium for the 21st Century
  6. 6. Dorothy L Sayer’s Trivium: Grammar = Poll Parrot (KS2) Learn Latin, English verse & prose, Facts of history, geography, science, maths, theology. Dialectic = Pert (KS3) Debate, drama, syllogisms, algebra, geometry, ethics, imagination Rhetoric = Poetic (KS4) Interrelatedness of knowledge. 6/20/2015 6A Trivium for the 21st Century
  7. 7. CS Peirce’s Trivium: Grammar = Speculative Grammar: Dialectic = Logical Critic: further divided into ‘scientific thinking’: abduction, induction, deduction. (relationship between grammar & critic = creativity where tradition meets modernity) Rhetoric = Speculative Rhetoric: The master art. 6/20/2015 7A Trivium for the 21st Century
  8. 8. Karl Popper’s ‘Trivium’ Fallibilism: Grammar = Conjecture Dialectic = Critique Rhetoric = Conjecture 6/20/2015 8A Trivium for the 21st Century
  9. 9. Marshall McLuhan’s Trivium: Grammar = ‘Art of interpreting all phenomena’: Connectivity, investigating ideas, principles, nature, conduct. Dialectic = Testing evidence, study of proofs of argument, dialogue, logic. Rhetoric = Communicating, building myths for our ‘zeit’, building the zeitgeist connecting in the global village 6/20/2015 9A Trivium for the 21st Century
  10. 10. The Trivium is an Art in itself: The Trivium, being the basis of the liberal arts, is open ended. You start with the rules, precepts and foundational knowledge. Grammar 6/20/2015 10A Trivium for the 21st Century
  11. 11. The Trivium is an Art in itself: You then develop your own thinking and ideas in collusion, collaboration, or conflict with the knowledge you are exploring. Dialectic. 6/20/2015 11A Trivium for the 21st Century
  12. 12. The Trivium is an Art in itself: You then learn to express your ideas in a variety of ways. Rhetoric. 6/20/2015 12A Trivium for the 21st Century
  13. 13. The Trivium Grammar DialecticRhetoric 6/20/2015 13A Trivium for the 21st Century
  14. 14. Those to whom the trivium has disclosed the significance of all words… do not need the help of a teacher in order to understand the meaning of books and to find the solutions of questions. John of Salisbury 1120-1180 6/20/2015 14A Trivium for the 21st Century
  15. 15. Our Framework for Teaching and Learning Tom Sherrington Headteacher Highbury Grove School @headguruteacher
  16. 16. ‘Philosopher Kids’ from Martin Robinson, author Trivium 21st C. “Plato talked about the need for Philosopher Kings and Queens; at Highbury Grove we wish to enable our pupils to become ‘Philosopher Kids’. Philosopher Kids are curious to know, question, and they can lead as well as follow. Philosopher Kids like to feel, to think, and are notable for their eloquence and ability to take part in the ‘great conversation’ through which they make a contribution to our common life. Philosopher Kids engage thoughtfully in dialogue and argument, they appreciate and make beautiful things, they are confident when grappling with difficult ideas, they love music and also seek out space for quiet reflection and contemplation. We challenge all our pupils to become cultural polymaths, true ‘renaissance people,' able to flourish both as individuals as well as realise that they have an important role to play in enabling their family, friends and community to flourish as well.” Philosopher Kids: know; explore; communicate.
  17. 17. Grammar = Knowledge  The direct transmission of knowledge and explicit teacher instruction.  Retention and recall: teaching for memory; learning by heart; low stakes testing; knowledge for its own sake; repetition and practice.  Explicit teaching to build cultural capital; explicit teaching of subject-specific terminology and the skill of reading different texts.
  18. 18. Dialectic = Exploration  Opportunities to debate, question and challenge  Opportunities for hands-on authentic experience and experimentation  Opportunities for enquiry, analysis, critical evaluation and problem solving
  19. 19. Rhetoric = Communication  A strong emphasis on structured speech events to share and debate ideas with others.  Opportunities to perform, to make things and to showcase the products of learning  Opportunities to contribute to the discourse about the values shared in the school and the wider community.
  20. 20. Teaching and Learning Priorities for 2015/6 • Behaviour for Learning • Speaking: structured speech events and routines • Literacy: explicit teaching of reading, writing and subject specific language • Feedback policy and practice; making feedback count, closing the gap • Explicit knowledge: what should be known; how it should be learned • Assignments
  21. 21. Martin Robinson 23 Author: Trivium 21c Twitter: @SurrealAnarchy Facebook: Trivium21c Website: 6/20/2015 A Trivium for the 21st Century