Tag Archives: Learning

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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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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Assessing Thinking


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

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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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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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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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How to Learn Better (30 Brain-Friendly Tips & Techniques)


Try these neurologically nifty techniques to improve your learning…

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ClassCraft FTW! (Why ClassCraft is the Best Thing to Happen to Education Since the iPad)


ClassCraft is simply awesome! I’ve been using it now for a few months and I have been amazed at how it increases engagement in my class. Developed by high school Physics teacher Shawn Young, and successfully crowd-funded, ClassCraft is revolutionizing … 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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The Best iPad Apps for Education (2014 Edition)


TWITTER  NOTABILITY 

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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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The Future of Technology in Education (Part 2: How The 2014 K-12 Horizon Report Gets it Wrong)


The Future of Technology in Education (Part 2: How The 2014 K-12 Horizon Report Gets it Wrong) Please see my previous post titled ‘The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right.)’ … Continue reading

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How Training Cats is Like Teaching Kids


Ever tried to train a cat? I'm talking the kind of training it takes to get them to do tricks – not potty training or not-scratching-the-furniture training. I can't say as I have ever tried. It must be nearly impossible, … Continue reading

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My New Top 20 Favorite Teacher Hacks, Tips & Ideas


What follows are a few hacks, tips and ideas I picked up over two days at the Google Apps for Education Summit in Johannesburg (2014). For most of them, I feel foolish for not knowing they existed – or for … Continue reading

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Is Teaching Critical Thinking The Most Important (And Most Under-Taught) Skill At School? #SlowChatEd


I sometimes think that my school indulges my madness too easily. A few years ago, I suggested that we offer Chess as an Option subject for our Grade 8s and 9s. I firmly believe that the lessons chess has to … Continue reading

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What About the Girls?


‘In telling girls they are more compliant and easier to manage, are we not reinforcing the stereotype that women in general need to be this way?’ That is, when we teach girls, most of us note how much more diligent, compliant and measured they are. They study better, are less disruptive and can manage their work and time better.

But what if this view of girls actually socializes them into being this way when they leave school? And what if this kind of gender stereotyping is the worst thing we can do for girls? I have no doubt that we need to be doing more for boys in our classrooms, Continue reading

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The Little Book of iPad Safety


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Why Declining National Assessment Standards Hurts Kids


You would think that lowering the standards of final national exams in South Africa would be good news for kids. Easier exams mean more of them pass more easily. And top students can clean up. You would be wrong. Easier … Continue reading

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