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...

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 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 23, 2019

If you need proof there has never been a time when schools ‘got it right’, or that ‘they don’t teach basics in school anymore’ is a fiction – then you only need to find one these math problems on the social media platform of your choice and scroll through the comments.

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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...

August 13, 2018

… being better than everyone else?

Picture the scene:

1992 NBA Finals - Game 6 - Chicago versus Portland

Chicago leads the series 3-2. They’ve just rallied from behind to take the lead in the closing minutes. A pumped up Michael Jordan comes to the bench during the timeou...

September 5, 2017

Badges are a new thing in education at the moment. Read about them here. They seem a harmless, if not motivational, way to assist learning in the classroom; much like old-fashioned sticker charts, smiley faces and stamps. The idea being that scouts seem to be motivated...

September 5, 2017

Occasionally, I’m forced to defend my position on homework. It’s rarely to another educator these days, but the odd parent raises their concern. And I get it – these new fangled ideas about education are vastly different to the views expressed by teachers when we were...

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