Tag Archives: PERSONALIZED

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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Teaching to the Edges (A Professional Development Activity)


Teaching to the Edges (Using Technology to Develop Personalised Remediation Strategies) – A Professional Development Session   Watch this video (+/- 20 minutes):   Answer these questions: What are the main skills your subject teaches? How could you assist your … 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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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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I Have a Dream: The Future of Education


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.

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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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Big Brother is Judging: The Insidious Effect of Big Data & Learning Analytics in Education


I know, let’s gather all the information we can about our students. We’ll tell people we’re using it to personalize and enhance kids’ learning experience. We’ll call it Educational Data Mining. No wait, the acronym for that would sound like … 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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The One True Conspiracy Theory?


You’ve got to love a good conspiracy theory. My favorite is the one about how Sir Paul McCartney is actually a doppelgänger who secretly replaced the first one after the original Paul’s unexpected death. Like all good conspiracy theories, this … Continue reading

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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 I Hate The Education System: A Student Speaks Out


Do the top achieving students hate the education system? It seems unlikely – paradoxical almost. But I am convinced that most of them do. And you would think that they wouldn't. You would think it would be those who struggle … Continue reading

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40 More Things Students Don’t Say


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

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Homework is a Slimy, Smelly, Nasty Troll That Eats the Souls of Children


Homework is evil. Truly, wickedly, horridly evil. Homework is a slimy, smelly, nasty troll which eats the souls of children. And these unfortunate souls are shoveled into homework’s gaping, slobbering maws by its devoted minions.

We call these unthinking, complicit minions ‘teachers’. 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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What’s Missing In Our Classrooms?


Providing a more relevant education to young people is one of the key issues we face in building a better world. By now, we are all aware that education must go beyond the rote memorization of disconnected facts, and must … Continue reading

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A Very Academic Problem


The Teachers vs The Greeks Teachers: Please stop using the word ‘academic’. You don’t know what it means. When you say things like “this is an academic school”, or “we need to lift our academic standards”, or even “I am … 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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Even More Thought-Provoking Gems for Teachers


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More Rootin’ Tootin’ Education Inspiration for Teachers


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