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
It is with great pride that I share details of one of our school’s leadership programmes. Loosely based on the Duke of Edinburgh Award, our very own Action and Service Volunteers (ASV) programme encourages students to serve both the school community and the wider community. They are awarded for their hard work and dedication. I… Continue reading Action and Service Volunteers
‘Mindfulness’ is a term that I’ve heard floating around over the last couple of years, but I didn’t really get it. Nobody ever really explained it to me and I never took the time to research it myself. This year, following a school-wide effort and excellent PD sessions led by John Shanahan, I have come to… Continue reading Why mindfulness?
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?
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’)