That’s it! It’s all over! Another academic year has drawn to a close. What an unbelievably fast year it has been! I love working in a big school for many reasons, but the high number of teachers means that there will inevitably be sad goodbyes at the end of each year. This, unfortunately, includes Danielle… Continue reading Always be a risk-taker!
I am terrified of public speaking. This isn’t an exaggeration. I’m shy, introverted and have a slight speech impediment (it was much stronger as a child). A few years ago, I was asked to present some awards in an assembly. I was new to Victoria Shanghai Academy and overwhelmed by the size of its staff (it’s… Continue reading Public speaking F.E.A.R.
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
Like I said in a previous post, I believe that a growth mindset should be encouraged in all of our students and we can continually reinforce it through praising the right things and through the language we use. In Year 4, we’re lucky enough to have a whole unit of inquiry dedicated to learning, development… Continue reading Tuning in: mindsets
If you are not yet familiar with the work of Carol Dweck, here is a must-watch explanation of fixed mindsets and growth mindsets. Students with a fixed mindset shy away from challenge and avoid mistakes, through fear of looking stupid. In contrast, one of the key elements of a growth mindset is the acceptance that… Continue reading Growth mindsets and the stretch zone