Tag Archives: Inspiration

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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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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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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No, Maths & Science ARE NOT More Important Than The Arts! (Link)


I don't think I have ever written a title with both shouting caps and an exclamation mark. I feel strongly about this one! Please following the link below to read Zen Pencils's latest cartoon featuring Sir Ken Robinson on 'whole … Continue reading

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Woot! Let’s Play! (Leveling-Up Education Though Gamification)


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:

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25 Questions Every 21st Century Student Should Be Able to Answer


  What is the value of creativity? How do I evaluate the reliability of a website? How do I stay safe online? Why is metacognition important? How do I learn most effectively? How do I create an engaging presentation? How … Continue reading

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Dear Teacher: Welcome to Teaching. You’re Going to Like It Here.


Dear teacher*: Now that I have scoffed at your youthful enthusiasm and use of university lingo the customary fifty-four times, it falls to me to welcome you officially into the fellowship. I know you are still running on adrenaline and … Continue reading

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Occupy Education: On Using the Occupy Movements’ Hand Gestures to Stimulate Engagement in Flat Classrooms


Image credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b1/OccupyHandSignals.pdf/page1-1240px-OccupyHandSignals.pdf.jpg Hands up if you’ve heard of the Occupy movements which have sprung up all over the States and elsewhere in the last few years. For the benefit of those who did not raise their hands, here’s what … Continue reading

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21st Century Students & Teachers (Two Cool Images by Peter H Reynolds)


Take a look at this awesomeness courtesy of Peter H Reynolds at http://www.fablevision.com            

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Reading List for Smart People. (A Work in Progress.)


  This year, I was on the receiving end of the single worst piece of advice I have ever received: 'Your problem, Sean', said the little man who fancies himself an astute judge of character, 'is that you think too … Continue reading

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Send Them to Mars! (Why a Good Education Will Get Kids Into Space)


Image: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1121/NASA-s-Curiosity-Mars-rover-to-lay-the-foundation-for-search-for-life-Video What does it take to be an astronaut? In addition to being creative, psychologically and emotionally stable, with a strong sense of drive and intrinsic motivation, NASA says that they “cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant's … Continue reading

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Of Steinbeck and the Joy of Extended Pleasures


I want to talk about John Steinbeck.

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Messages in Time (The Secret Thing & The Desiderata)


A Letter to Future Me Sent: October 2013 Delivery Date: November 2028 Was I right? Did the world change as much as I thought it would? Did empty entertainment give way to ubiquitous learning and quiet contemplation? Did we manage … Continue reading

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40 Ideas for ‘Thinking Teaching’ Hour… Add Yours.


Like many schools these days, mine has a Thinking Teaching group. We get together as often as we can to discuss ideas around teaching and best practice. The group is very diverse and very vocal and very stimulating.     … Continue reading

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Imtropy and Legogogy: Why Introducing Lego Robotics May Be The Biggest Thing I’ve Done as a Teacher


‘Imtropy’: The Primeval Tinkering Instinct There is something about Lego which fascinates us all. I think it calls to some shared primeval tinkering instinct. Leave a pile of Lego near any group of people, and within the hour, someone would … Continue reading

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Why I Teach (Part 1)


I teach to see the lights go on behind young people’s eyes when they discover something new about the world.

I teach to awaken them to what they can really do if they try.

I teach to show them that there isn’t always an easy solution, and that appreciating ambiguity and uncertainty is often worth more than easy answers… Continue reading

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Reboot Diary: 15 Things I Took Away From #30GoalsEdu 2013


Wednesday 10 July 2013: Jazz and Strange Dinner Guests One of the many strange things about being a teacher is that your job and your life eventually become intertwined. You simply cannot leave work at work because there is always … Continue reading

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Tired Teacher: 11 YouTube Videos to Brighten Your Day


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…

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