Tag Archives: TEACHER

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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The Rise of the Mollycoddled Teacher


Teaching is no gentle spin around the block. It's a grueling, energy-sapping and often heart-breaking odyssey. No doubt, it would be a whole lot easier if we could just teach instead of having to deal with barking parents, unexpected syllabus … Continue reading

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Tailgunners, Falling Cats & Top Students: How to Overcome Survivorship Bias & Improve Schools


During World War 2 a study was conducted as to where best to reinforce aircraft in order to cut down on the amount of planes that were lost in incursions against the enemy. (The entire plane couldn’t be reinforced as … 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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Heal Thyself: What Good Teachers Can Teach Bad Doctors


We only meet them at our weakest moments. We trust them to make the right diagnosis and to help us get healthy again. They are among society’s most venerated figures. It seems almost sacrilegious to suggest that there would be … Continue reading

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6 Calming Mantras for Teaching With Tech


These are the mantras I would like every person I help to integrate technology into their teaching to chant quietly to themselves from their sternums when they begin to feel overwhelmed or despondent or negative. Chanting these mantras will realign … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Rotary Drill: Why Teaching Critical Thinking in Traditional Schools is Pointless


You know when you were younger and you bought your dad a present for Father's Day that you knew was cool and useful and would change his life forever? Like, say, a small high-speed rotary drill with multiple burrs? There's … 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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ClassCraft FTW! (Why ClassCraft is the Best Thing to Happen to Education Since the iPad)


ClassCraft is simply awesome! I’ve been using it now for a few months and I have been amazed at how it increases engagement in my class. Developed by high school Physics teacher Shawn Young, and successfully crowd-funded, ClassCraft is revolutionizing … 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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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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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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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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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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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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