Tag Archives: Enrichment
Naked Monkey Freaky Smart Stuff: Six of the Best and Most Accessible and Most Interesting Podcasts That Are Better Than Idols
It's been four years since I got turned on to podcasts. I listen to new episodes on my commute to and from work, during my admin periods, while I'm blogging and just about whenever I can stitch a few moments … Continue reading
Teachers: Let’s be brutally honest shall we: exam results are all that matters in education. Bottom line. Don’t misunderstand: What students can regurgitate and explain and do in a stress-fueled few hours should not be the ultimate end of their … Continue reading
Let’s play a game… (Note: Please see my next post on ClassCraft for the best tool there is to gamify your classroom!) Here is your character:
I have dream that one day students will be more important than syllabi. In the not too distant future, education will be a collaborative enterprise, with teachers and students assuming shifting roles as coaches, mentors and learners.
Take a look at this awesomeness courtesy of Peter H Reynolds at http://www.fablevision.com
Things Students Don’t Say:
Standardized tests really allow me to demonstrate my learning in a personalized way.
The curriculum really is more important than I am. No really, it is!
School is definitely about how well I do in the exams.
My education is preparing me for life.
I don’t feel like I am just a number. Continue reading
Kids should watch more TV. Specifically, they should watch good quality documentaries – as often as possible. This is because teachers and books and parents are no longer the fountains of all knowledge. If kids can learn and supplement their … Continue reading
Very few people can say they love what they do. Even fewer of those can say they also love where they work. I am one of those very lucky people. Before I got to where I am, I was a … Continue reading
Without really intending to, I’ve written a few posts recommending apps for the iPad and iPhone. There’s the one where I recommend apps for Geography / Earth Science teachers… And then there’s the one for those interested in chess … Continue reading
THE OUTBREAK Each of the following thought pests (cognitiva ignorantia pestes) occupies the moist, fertile habitat between your ears. Purging them is critical for a healthy thinking ecosystem. Failure to decontaminate infestations may result in a severe plague, culminating in … Continue reading
Sometimes the battery runs low. Sometimes I feel like I am drowning in admin. Sometimes things go wrong… At times like this, I look for something to reignite the spark. Invariably, I come back to these…
This is my favourite podcast of them all. Episodes are hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and tackle a range of fascinating topics. Slick, clever and interesting. Get them all! Continue reading
Theories of differing intelligence types and learning styles are still valid, even if we don’t quite know how to leverage them effectively just yet. Every school is different, every teacher is different, every student is different. And all of these factors, plus thousands more combine in different ways for each individual child. We are hardly any closer to cracking the genome of an effective education if we discredit a small part of the sequence. We should not abandon a methodology that ‘has no measurable effect’, we should just think of ways to do it more effectively. Continue reading