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...

February 5, 2019

I’ve never been a fan of ability grouping in schools. I’m always left with the feeling that we automatically limit what groups of student will learn. As if, based on where they are now, we’re going to expect one group of students to learn less than another and therefor...

February 1, 2019

Why am I about to attempt to write everyday?

Doing something for the sake of doing it is not something we do much as adults. When we’re kids we do things, just for the sake of it, constantly – it’s how we fill our days. We used to passionately build things with Lego, pr...

November 25, 2018

Dear Pre-service Teacher,

I’ve written this three times, already. Each time it hasn’t come out right. I’ve over complicated the message because there’s so much I want to tell you. I’ve gone off on tangents because there’s so much I want you to know. It took a card from...

March 8, 2018

 

A report, commissioned by the NSW Education and Standards Authority, has found no improvement in maths and reading among students in a decade and the results of disadvantaged students have declined sharply …

No shit, Sherlock!

… and now there are calls for the NAPLAN pr...

January 26, 2018

 Such is the way of the world

You can never know

Just where to put all faith

And how will it grow

I entered December with Eddie Vedder’s words in my ears and genuinely unsure for how much longer I would be a teacher. Was I bored? In need of a change? Mid-life crisis? Had I...

Whilst attending a Professional Development session recently I was challenged by a suggestion that I should come up with my own ‘model for teaching and learnin

July 14, 2016

Watch the video.

No homework and a 20-hour school week? Sounds awesome, sign me up. That’s right in my philosophical wheelhouse; less is more; dispense with the unnecessary. So, why do I cringe when I see these clips turn up in my social media feeds?

I have the belief th...

April 18, 2016

Mission: Minecraft

 

Description: Rainy day fun and learning. Gaming with a purpose.

 

Difficulty: Low – Medium

 

Briefing:

 

You can plan lots of weekend activities only to have them all come unstuck. You still want to have some fun when plans don’t work out, but also spend s...

 

Lego. That noise …  of searching through a box of Lego is a distinctive sound from most of our childhoods. I hear it and have to look – what’s being built? Has there ever been a better toy? A toy so unintentionally educational, meaningful and universally loved? Hell,...

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