Tag Archives: School

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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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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What Makes a Top School?


We all know them: Those minority of schools which for some reason (or combination of reasons) stand out in the collective imagination as ‘top schools’. The ones every other school wants to emulate in some way or another. The ones … Continue reading

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Not Just a Game: Kids on The Value of Chess in Education


  As you no doubt know, constant reader (because I have gone on about it enough), I teach a chess class as an elective part of our Grade 9 curriculum. This year, as part of their final exam I asked … 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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How to Learn Better (30 Brain-Friendly Tips & Techniques)


Try these neurologically nifty techniques to improve your learning…

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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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20 Really Bad Things Some Teachers Would Say If You Forced Them to be Honest


There’s a very funny list floating around the interwebz on 10 things teachers wish they could say but can’t. It goes like this: 10 Things Teachers Wish They Could Say Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom … Continue reading

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The Most Insidious Thing a Teacher Can Say About a Student.


Perhaps the single most damaging and insidious belief in education over the course of the last century is the notion that any ability (and intelligence in particular) is hereditary. You either have 'it' or you don't. To this day, teachers, … Continue reading

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The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right)


The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right.) The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 Edition (HR14) is an annual summary of key technologies which are having , or are likely to … 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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The Brave New World of Twenty-First Century Learning (A Retort)


Dear Margaret I read your article in The Globe and Mail (Saturday, Jun. 28 2014) with dismay. In the article, you assert that “21st century learning is nothing more than warmed-over romantic progressivism” with absolutely no evidence to support its … Continue reading

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How to Make a Zombie: Send a Kid to School


Exams + exams + exams + tests + tests …. = zombies Continue reading

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Essential iPad Apps for Teachers (2014)


I’ve created a list of essential apps for educators on list.ly. Click on the link below to navigate to the list. Please feel free to return to this page to offer your suggestions in the comment box below. Happy shopping!

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An Open Letter to Google: What About Africa?


Dear Google You have broken so many rules. You do things so differently. You are the first and last word in innovation. You are slowly making the world a better place. Well, most of the world anyway. You see, it … Continue reading

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Here’s The Single Best Little App For Tech Savvy Educators


  With the plethora of education apps out there, the technology savvy educator has to learn to be discriminating, and to develop a system for narrowing down the overwhelming options that are available. Fortunately this is quite easy if you … Continue reading

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Defending Mediocrity: Examiners and their Apologists in South Africa


Excuse me while I rant a bit… In South Africa, there are two alternative examination authorities: those set under the auspices of the Government (the National Senior Certificate – NSC) and those set by an Independent Examinations Board (the IEB). … Continue reading

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