The lovely side of teaching

Sometimes in the busyness of the school term we can so easily forget to take time to really appreciate the lovely side of teaching. Over the holidays I had kids, comment on our class blog. This may seem inconsequential but these are children I no longer teach. Sometimes it takes a while to see the impact... Continue Reading →

The rule of daily writing #cenz15

At the end of last year I noticed I hadn't been posting much on the blog. There were a huge number of posts languishing in draft form. Half-written, half-thought ideas, that I never finished and as a result were never commented on and refined. This year I made a resolution that no matter what was... Continue Reading →

Making time to blog

The problem with teaching is that the job is never done. There’s always something that could be done, an extra resources to create, an email to send, marking let alone maintaining a blog. @bridgetclm recently asked how I find time to publish a daily post. The language here is important and already a bit of... Continue Reading →

Is online sharing about the journey or destination?

When I started personal blogging back in the early 2000s, I used to bookmark the blogs I enjoyed reading and visited the sites daily to see if they had been updated. It was the digital equivalent of walking down to the store to buy a magazine. Then I found out about RSS feeds - a system which enables you... Continue Reading →

5 posts that spoke the loudest in June

There but for the grace… #sabahquake Why do schools make kids switch classes at the end of year? 5 things we need to stop pretending #MakeSchoolDifferent I didn’t have my ‘own class’ this past year – thoughts on team teaching Are e-portfolios past their educational used by date?

500 posts – Blogging isn’t dead but it does take take work

Another blogging milestone hits - 500 posts on this blog. Year Page views Posts Comments 2011 31666 175 655 2012 57806 93 412 2013 88423 61 197 2014 92806 38 96 2015 43796 140 172 As I look back, I can't help but look forward. We live in a world where so much of what... Continue Reading →

We can’t all be right all the time – why a little bit of online conflict is a good thing

Early in my career I had a team leader who had a reputation for being highly critical. Other teachers thought this teacher was hard to work with. My team leader could harpoon an idea at any meeting big or small with a simple question: "Have you thought about..." It was a highly effective strategy. I still... Continue Reading →

5 posts that spoke loudest in April #edsketch15

What happens to marginalised kids on the spectrum? Provocation – Setting the scene for Inquiry Breaking Educational Moulds – cursive handwriting So your #ade2015 application was rejected… Students teaching the teachers – the best tech PD comes from kids #ipadkl   

5 of the best – Feburary

Another busy month. These posts represent the ones that I think show my best thinking of the month in chronological order. What stops us from leaving our ‘bubble?’ Why are there so few women in ed tech? #28daysofwriting A death in the family – hard classroom conversations From Mosgiel to Mumbai – Twitter tours make... Continue Reading →

A great way to spend a month – #28daysofwriting

This is the end of my second month of daily publishing. I've now published more posts this year than I did in the entire of 2014 and have almost as many comments. The highlight of this month has been seeing a whole bunch of bloggers come out of hibernation for Tom Barrett's #28daysofwriting challenge. Seeing... Continue Reading →

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