Tag Archives: Motivation

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: Advertisements

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10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School


If you tell your child that school and learning are not that important in the grand scheme of things, and if you are never curious about anything, and if your entertainment choices involve more mindless television than enlightening reading, and if you close off avenues of thought for your kids through your own narrow-mindedness, and if you are bigoted and biased – how can you expect me to broaden your child’s mind? Continue reading

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Why Not Do It Differently? A New Organisational Recipe for Schools


Almost anywhere in the world, schools follow a fairly predictable management recipe which goes something like this: THE TRADITIONAL RECIPE Take 1 x Principal Add 2 or 3 Deputy Principals to taste Mix in a dozen Head Teachers or Heads … 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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50 Reasons Why I Love Where I Work


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

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Traditione Innititur Timore: Why School Traditions Are a Really Bad Thing


The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself. (BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do) … 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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The Emperor’s New Invisibility Achievement: Using Gamification to Obscure the Big Problems in Education


Why Gamify Classrooms? As I understand it, the ‘gamification‘ of the classroom aims to fuse the following benefits of computer or console gaming into learning: The attainment of levels and associated skills / powers / titles / rewards and the … Continue reading

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Even More Thought-Provoking Gems for Teachers


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More Rootin’ Tootin’ Education Inspiration for Teachers


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The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers


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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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Dear Class of 2012


You will not remember how your confidence in yourselves was nurtured. You will not remember how you learnt to overcome your own self-imposed limitations. You will not remember how you were motivated to go out and conquer the world… or at least to make some small change for the good. You will not remember these things because they did not happen. I did not allow them to happen. Continue reading

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How Can You Teach If You Don’t Learn? (27 Things Teachers Can Learn About Students by Changing Roles.)


Nothing Like A MOOC. As I write this, I am finishing my first MOOC, titled ‘Think Again: How to Reason and Argue’*. The triumphs and failures I have experienced in this course have taught me a career-refreshing lesson about what … Continue reading

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The Titan Imperative: A Young Man Discovers His Own Brilliance (And Inspires His Teacher).


The following passages are excerpted from a website created by a young man called Titan, whom I met in one of my Grade 8 Computer classes in 2012. As you read through his thoughts and reflections on what he learnt this year, you will be struck at how much he has to say about me. I am humbled and inspired by his kind words. But look a little beyond his generous compliments, and you will see that what he has actually discovered is his own brilliance. Titan truly did live up to his name this year. All I did was challenge him to do so. Continue reading

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On The Mozart Effect, Learning Styles, Karma and Other Things I Wish Were True


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

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A Year With the Tribe: A Passionate Teacher Speaks About Teaching Boys


The following interview details the experiences of a South African teacher involved in an experimental programme in which boys and girls were split into separate classes in their English period. Melani van der Merwe’s experiences make for fascinating reading, and … Continue reading

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20 Things I Would Do if I Were a High School Principal


20 Things I Would Do if I Were a High School Principal Sometimes I like to imagine that the plan I have for my life includes being the principal of a school. Sometimes I like to imagine that I have … Continue reading

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