Tag Archives: Professional Development

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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‘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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Peeling Potatoes: The Peculiar Challenge of Teaching Teachers


(FROM THE ‘IT’S MY BLOGGY AND I’LL BLOG WHAT I WANT TO’ DEPARTMENT) A One-Armed Man in a Juggling Contest I used to think that teaching kids under the age of ten was the most difficult thing a teacher could … Continue reading

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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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Teachers: 11 Steps Towards Becoming a Recognized Professional


Dear teachers We are considering officially recognizing your vocation as a profession. We realize that you have all felt that what you do has always been a profession, but honestly, we at the Society of True Professionals have had some … 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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Why John Keating Is a Bad Example to Teachers


From the Tongue-in-Cheek and Kicking Fictional Holy Cows Departments: Mr John Keating, the fictional super-teacher of the movie Dead Poet’s Society is an inspiration to many. I’m sure that the character played by Robin Williams served as the driving impetus … Continue reading

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Why Teacher Strikes Are Good for Students


In any democratic country, the rights of workers to engage in industrial action to ensure a fair wage and decent working conditions are protected by law. Whether it is ‘work to rule’ or outright strike action, many of the world’s … Continue reading

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40 Reasons Why I Will Never Be a Good Teacher


Here’s why, however hard I try, I will never be the great teacher I want to be…

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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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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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48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science


Note: This post was published in 2013 and it may be slightly out of date. UPDATE: Here are 20 more! (December 2015) After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) … Continue reading

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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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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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20 Reasons Why (Some) Teachers Are What’s Wrong With Education


Some teachers are what is wrong with the system. They blame everyone else for the problems in modern-day schools: students, parents, school leaders and the government – but very seldom do they turn the bright lamp of accusation on themselves. … 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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A Teachers’ 21 Point Guide to Connecting on Twitter (For New Eggs)


Before following any news feeds or celebrities, ask yourself if you will actually read everything they have to say… every day. This is the easiest way to lose interest in Twitter and to clog up your home feed. The ‘drowning … Continue reading

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