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Stephen Downes

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The 74 plugs Yennifer Castillo's TikTok feed as she "makes classroom a safe haven with elaborate decorations, weekly life skills projects & a 'Take What You Need' bin." She is popular, " with more than 4 million likes on TikTok and more than 100,000 followers." My own tastes, meanwhile run to teacher Steve Boots and his Boots on the Ground videos and TikTok feed. He checks in at 164,100 followers, but his is definitely not the sort of content the 74 would ever publicize and support. I don't agree with everything Boots says, but it's well above 90%. The main lesson, of course, is that you need to be sceptical about the 'star teachers' touted by the media. You don't get to be a 'star' unless you're in line with the agenda (and that applies to stars and award winners generally, I think).

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