Start the term with something sweet

Warm fuzzy emails are one of those items that perpetually sit on my to-do list but very rarely get done. In the busyness of school, it can easy to get bogged down in admin, report writing. Yet when I think of the impact those emails they are huge. For the parent who only hears from... Continue Reading →

Is that time of the year again…

Why yes its report writing season again. I utilized part of my plane ride home to punch out a whole bunch of comments in the absence of wifi - (on a side note wow could I get a lot done without wifi). Which then begs the question. If I'm writing comments this early in the... Continue Reading →

Links to be reading 

The day I went viral - from the passenger in 23B - "But by going viral, I learned firsthand that what gets attention on the Internet and what actually matters in the world are two different things. My mothers garden a beautiful pice of writing on challenge of poverty  You Tell Me: When Kids + Screens =... Continue Reading →

Unleashing creativity #unleashinglearning

I’ve called this talk ‘unleashing’ creativity but it’s more a talk in a response to a problem I didn’t realise I had. Back on New Year’s Eve 2015 I was doing what so many of us do, reflecting on the year behind and thinking towards the year ahead when I saw this tweet. And I... Continue Reading →

Links to be reading – international women’s day edition

Names We'd Like To See When We Google 'Women Changing The World' Sheryl Sandberg. Hillary Clinton. Malala Yousafzai. Oprah. Even Taylor Swift. These names pop up when you Google 'women changing the world.'What about Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy? Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu? Kiran Gandhi? Have you heard of them? Probably not. But they deserve a Google shout-out too. They're... Continue Reading →

Listening to what the child isn’t saying…

It was just a small comment in a long conversation with learner about a book we were reading in class. I'd almost thought nothing of it. But a few hours later that comment was still bothering me. There was something not quite right.   What was the child not saying in that comment? As it... Continue Reading →

Planning for understanding

Over the last few years there's been a strong focus on teaching for understanding.  We go to workshops, we make nice noises, then we go back home and the ideas quickly get lost in the demands of school.  One of the problems comes planning. Schools are forever planning. Carving out units of time into  years,... Continue Reading →

Links to be reading

Teens and media - a common sense approach from Common Sense media. The unexpected maths from Van Gough maths in unusual places From knowing to empathising - @geomouldey argues it's time to get to know your kids Listening to and trying to understand student thinking which has been made visible - Cathy Brown demonstrates the power of visible... Continue Reading →

Learning to be bored

One of the most useful pieces of advice I've been given in my teaching career is 'always leave them wanting more..' It's a good piece of advice. Bored kids are kids that get into trouble. Bored kids bully. Bored kids break and destroy school property. Bored kids get into fights. Yet now I wonder if that... Continue Reading →

Links to be reading

Google Cardboard saves baby's life - My school was very fortunate to host a session of cardboard and I'm amazed how quickly the technology is being adapted. Can holding misconceptions hurt our teaching? - Take time to read this, it's not what you think it is. Poor and traumatized at Harvard - a reminder that as a member... Continue Reading →

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