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 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...

October 31, 2016

I don’t like using bribes for behaviour. As a teacher, I’ve avoided sticker charts and points systems and instead rely on developing intrinsic motivation in my students. As parent, I sometimes tell the teacher in me to shut the hell up. Sometimes, as much as I don’t wa...


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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