Tag Archives: Students
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
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
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:
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
I don’t know who developed this originally, but I’ve always loved it…
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
50 Things Every Teacher Needs 1. Wet wipes. 2. A sense of humour.
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
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
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
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
20 WAYS TO DO SCHOOL BETTER: A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS 1. Don’t be in too much of a rush to grow up. Enjoy being immature and irresponsible while you can. It’s important to play and have as much childish, … Continue reading
Great teachers make an impact. They care about each and every individual in their class, and strive to make the learning experience fun, relevant and meaningful. But having only great teachers in a school could deprive students of some important … Continue reading
Students to Teachers (Part 2): Education is Supposed to Produce Independent Thinkers, Not Answering Machines.
This is the second in the series of letters to teachers from students. This time, a young man in Grade 12 talks about how we are missing the point of education by obsessing about marks and assessments. He insists that his … Continue reading
Here’s a statistic that shouldn’t be: teenage boys are three to four times more likely to take their own lives than girls are. Granted, the research is in its infancy, and most of it is coming out of the United … Continue reading