How would your class function without you? On Tuesday, I did not speak. My teaching partner didn’t either. We were in class (for safety/legal reasons), but we ignored our students and subtly took notes about what was happening and what was said. This learning engagement was jointly inspired by Paul Solarz and Tania Lattanzio. In… Continue reading Silent Teacher Day
When I was training to be a teacher, social media was relatively new. Everybody was joining Facebook and many teachers were getting in trouble because of their inappropriate sharing. In my training, we were advised to keep everything private. “Your students will inevitably google you. Don’t give them anything to find!” Teacher training, 2007 How… Continue reading What will your students find when they google you?
Last week (12-18 February 2017) was Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week 2017. The RAK Foundation is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of kindness and the importance of spreading it. Since 1995, RAK Week has been an annual celebration of kindness. I had never heard of it until this year. How sad! If… Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness Week #RAKWeek2017
At the beginning of this week, I was thrilled to find out that many of my students (in Hong Kong) had been following the US election. They showed a genuine interest in politics and current affairs and they were able to articulate their opinions maturely and respectfully. Many of them used Newsela (without any prompting) as a source… Continue reading What have children learnt from the US election?
Those of you who follow my blog or know me professionally know that I love technology and that I’m a big believer in its ability to transform learning. You also know how much I love social media, for both personal and professional use. If I taught older students, I’d be very interested to explore its potential… Continue reading Social media: why thirteen?
My first ever guest post! In response to Our duty as role models, I was challenged by Learning Scientist Dr. Yana Weinstein to find studies to support my ideas. What evidence is there that teachers’ behaviour does/does not influence the behaviour of children? My research led me to several psychological studies and raised some important implications. Are teachers… Continue reading Are teachers as influential as they think they are? (Guest post for ‘The Learning Scientists’)
As I briefly mentioned in my previous post, I have recently come across a bit of nastiness on social media. This is commonplace on the internet, unfortunately, but I wouldn’t expect it from teachers! (To be clear, I’m not talking about anyone from Hong Kong or anyone who I know personally). This made me think about our… Continue reading Our duty as role models