Tag Archives: Independent Thinking

How Innovative is My School? (Updated)


How Innovative is My School?   Update: This questionnaire is now less than 30 actual questions in place of over 70.   This should provoke some interesting debates! Give it a try and let me know what you think. It … Continue reading

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Top Schools: The Most Innovative High Schools in South Africa (2017)


This is a list of the most innovative, child-centered, forward-looking high schools in the country. Continue reading

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How to Build a Teacher in 10 Steps


Introduction: On Touchstones and Magic Right now there is an aspiring teacher who is working on a 60-page paper based on some age-old education theory developed by some dead education professor wondering to herself what this task that she’s engaging … Continue reading

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16 Ways Chess Makes Kids Smart


These are the key ways in which chess helps to develop young (and not so young) minds: Chess improves focus and attention by encouraging sustained mental alertness. Chess develops the skill of tactical and strategic planning. Because players need to … Continue reading

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What is Critical Thinking & How Do You Improve It?


  What is Critical Thinking? In a nutshell, critical thinking is not believing anything… unless the evidence for it is sound. Encoded in this definition are three elements: A sustained skeptical attitude towards the ideas and information which come your … Continue reading

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How to Stop Being Stupid (Part 3: Back to Basics)


Back to Basics Part 1 of How to Stop Being Stupid here Part 2 here

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In Which He Expounds on the Differences Between Newbs and N00bs


Let's begin with this scruffy little thing from urbandictionary.com : Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task and are very beginner at … Continue reading

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Expand Your Consciousness In Four Steps


Expand Your Consciousness In Four Two Steps   STEP ONE: Because at some stage of your life you are going to anyway, try any combination of the following New Age 'consciousness-raising' techniques:

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The Best TED & TEDx Talks for Teachers & Students


The Best TED, TEDx & TED-Ed Talks for Teachers & Students In no particular order: Do Schools Kill Creativity? (Ken Robinson) Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than … Continue reading

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Assessing Thinking


I came across this recently and thought I'd share it:       The original source.    

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Critical Thinking is Everyone’s Responsibility


There you are: enjoying a nice meal in a nicely priced restaurant. Nothing too fancy, just a basic meal and some good company. And then the squeals begin. And the crying. And the shouting. And the nagging. And the running … Continue reading

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Why Geography is Good For You (And Why You Should Take It At School)


Don’t take Geography if you want to know what the capitals of the world’s countries are. Don’t take it if you’re interested in the major imports and exports of Tajikistan. And stay away from Geography if you like knowing the … Continue reading

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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

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‘UnEducation’: A Creative Path to Better Teaching and Learning


Question: What happens when you ‘un’ something? Answer: You turn it into its opposite. You flip it. Believable becomes unbelievable, blocked becomes unblocked and afraid becomes unafraid. Uning doesn’t make a thing disappear, it simply inverts it. It is not … Continue reading

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Not Just a Game: Kids on The Value of Chess in Education


  As you no doubt know, constant reader (because I have gone on about it enough), I teach a chess class as an elective part of our Grade 9 curriculum. This year, as part of their final exam I asked … Continue reading

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The Kind of Kid I Prefer to Teach


I don't care about how well you do in your tests and exams. I don't care about how much time / money / effort you put into your assignments. I don't care about how well-behaved you are, or how well … Continue reading

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Traditional Education is Almost as Dangerous as None at All


  You tell me education will solve all the nation's problems in one fell swoop. Get kids learning you say. The rest follows. I tell you: Traditional education is almost as dangerous as none at all. If you really want … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Rotary Drill: Why Teaching Critical Thinking in Traditional Schools is Pointless


You know when you were younger and you bought your dad a present for Father's Day that you knew was cool and useful and would change his life forever? Like, say, a small high-speed rotary drill with multiple burrs? There's … Continue reading

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Whispers and Whoops: How to Get as Smart as a Brick


Who doesn’t love Brick Heck? He’s so cute and quirky (*Softly whisper the word QUIRKY into your chest – because it comforts you.*) In case you don’t know, Brick is the youngest son of Mike and Frankie Heck – a … Continue reading

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The Education Revolution vs The Scourge of Standardized Assessment: What Really Matters


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

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