Differentiation · Ed Tech · Google

Five recent(ish) Google Classroom updates

Considering how much I love Google Classroom, it’s surprising that I haven’t blogged about it since September. There have been many great updates since then. Google is constantly listening to feedback from teachers and updating their products in response to ideas and suggestions. Most of these ‘recent’ updates are not actually very recent, but they… Continue reading Five recent(ish) Google Classroom updates

Assessment · Child Development · Differentiation · Flipped Classroom · Growth Mindset · Individual Needs · Maths

Five maths practices to scrap in 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

Assessment · Differentiation · Ed Tech · Flipped Classroom

I’m Flipped Learning Certified!

“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!

Assessment · Differentiation · Ed Tech · Flipped Classroom · Maths

EDpuzzle for flipped learning

A few months ago, I shared my initial experiences of flipping my classroom using my own videos and YouTube. That post can be found here. Since then, I have continued to flip learning (in various ways) in order to utilise precious classroom time and to make home learning more purposeful. Thanks to Dickie (our ICT… Continue reading EDpuzzle for flipped learning

Assessment · Child Development · Differentiation · Passion Projects · Professional Development · Student-centred · Student-led

Genius Hour: passions with purpose

I’m excited to announce that I have taken the plunge into the unknown and introduced Genius Hour to my students. We are all absolutely loving it! Following the first few sessions, I want to use my blog as a platform for reflection. As I type, I’m considering successes so far and how I can make better… Continue reading Genius Hour: passions with purpose

Classroom Display · Differentiation · Ed Tech · Gamification · Google · Maths · Student-centred

Data handling with Pokémon Go

In a previous post, I claimed that Pokémon Go was simply too popular to ignore. It has captured the attention of gamers, of all ages, across the world. “Teachers should occasionally invest some time in exploring whatever their students are interested in. Whether it’s Pokémon, Minecraft, Frozen or football – show an interest as part of showing… Continue reading Data handling with Pokémon Go

Assessment · Differentiation · Ed Tech · Flipped Classroom · Google · Professional Development

Google Classroom next steps

On Tuesday (incidentally my 28th birthday), I co-led some differentiated PD about Google Classroom. The aim is to implement it across the whole of the primary school. We ‘flipped’ the PD by first sharing a short Google Classroom YouTube tutorial. From this, the teachers chose either level 1 or level 2 based on their experience/confidence.… Continue reading Google Classroom next steps