I am now a few weeks into the new school year and, importantly, I feel like I have established strong relationships with my students already. Of course, this is not just important at the beginning. I should now make a conscious effort to build these relationships throughout the whole year. As well as finding out… Continue reading A weight on young shoulders
This morning, I have been using Google Sheets to prepare and organise my weight loss plan. Yes, I’m taking it very seriously so feel free to keep me accountable! As I input diet and exercise data, I’m reminded of some very simple tricks. I’d like to share these with you in case you’re not already aware… Continue reading Five useful Google Sheets tricks
Anyone who has followed me for longer than five minutes knows how much I love Seesaw. I am a very proud Seesaw Ambassador. I truly believe that it’s a game-changer in education. One of The most impressive things about it is that it is continually improving. Just when you think it can’t get better, it… Continue reading Seesaw updates (summer 2017)
I believe that maths (generally) is a damaged subject. What other subject provokes a lifelong fear in learners? Teachers often focus on the wrong things and teach in inaccessible ways. Good maths teachers know that mathematics is a wonderful subject for all learners, it’s deeply conceptual and lends itself perfectly to exciting learning engagements. It’s actually my… Continue reading Five maths practices to scrap in 2017
My students and I used Seesaw regularly throughout last year. You can see my previous posts here. Since then, I have taken a break from Seesaw to assist with trialling some alternative portfolio/blogging platforms. Though there are many apps that are decent and constantly improving, Seesaw just seems to be one step ahead. For that… Continue reading Seesaw information (from a new Seesaw Ambassador)
“Flipped learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group space to the individual space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and creatively engage in the subject manner.” Jon Bergmann, 2016 This weekend, I completed… Continue reading I’m Flipped Learning Certified!
I was back home over Christmas. A few days in, I was given a reminder of the education system in England. This was the front cover of the local newspaper: On page 18, every school in the local area is listed in a league table, showing progress scores in maths, reading and writing, along with the percentage of students… Continue reading The problems with school league tables