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Public speaking F.E.A.R.

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.

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

Child Development · Classroom Display · Growth Mindset

Growth mindsets and the stretch zone

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