August 21, 2019

Sending communication home about a student’s behaviour is not a favourite activity of any teacher. Where I work, if you’re hearing from me about behaviour it’s usually fairly low level, classroom issues (Admin take care of the more serious incidents). And the purpose o...

April 4, 2019

Demand and supply is a basic concept of economics. High demand and low supply equals higher prices. For a manufacturer there can be nothing better than a perception of scarcity about a product they are making; a limited edition, short time only, one off deal. Better ge...

March 27, 2019

This article made me angry. It asks a simple question, ‘Does autism have a place in the mainstream classroom?’ It made me angry because the answer is obvious - yes. It made me angry for paying lip service to how complicated that ‘yes’ is, and it made me angry because i...

March 25, 2019

Those of you who know me personally know I’ve lost some weight over the last year. I’ve been thinking about about writing about that but, I don’t want to get ahead of myself as I still have some distance to go. Through the process, however, I have developed a new addic...

March 18, 2019

Have you ever noticed that the more prestigious the school the higher the admissions scores and fees are? Pretty obvious observation, I guess. It should be hard to get into an elite school, right?

If these schools are so good, they ought to be able to teach anyone, shou...

March 6, 2019

I do a little activity with my students each year with whatever new thing is super popular at the time. The last time I did it was with Fortnite:

Me: Everyone plays Fortnite, right?

Class: Yeah, Fortnite is awesome!

Me: Sooooo, many people play Fortnite! Forty million pla...

March 1, 2019

I found a bunch of my old blog posts - I'm going to post some of them under the heading of Retro Blog. I wrote this item three years ago on the old Mr Wise website. Readers in our school community might find it relevant after recent events. It goes to show that this ha...

February 27, 2019

We are all guilty of getting it wrong. Why and how we got it wrong is often down to perception. Who was it who said something about self-deception being a survival mechanism that prevents us from jumping off bridges? It’s usually good strategy to think the best of ours...

February 26, 2019

I love Youtube. But, Youtube has an impossible problem. 300 hours of content is uploaded every minute. EVERY MINUTE. Yes, even The Dad Regime Podcast is now available on Youtube. It’s no surprise that stories like this are common.

What’s a parent to do? Follow these sim...

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