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 →

Why I banned Google slides in class

I love Google Apps for Education the services keep getting better. There are oodles of scripts and extensions to further enhance the experience for both kids and teachers. As far as ease of use, ability for children to collaborate and a teacher to give feedback nothing beats Google. Yet there has one been one tool... Continue Reading →

Attracting the ‘best and brightest’ into teaching…

If you want an explanation of the gulf of mistrust that exists between the teaching profession in New Zealand and the Minister of Education, you need only look at this article Teaching needs to attract the best and brightest. It sounds nice. Saying you want to attract the best and brightest people into teaching is a... Continue Reading →

What the kids think they know… unlearning in science #edsketch15

This article really resonated with me. At present my class is looking into how forces shape the planet. As I watched excepts from the film Private Universe, I found myself being overly optimistic about the effectiveness of my own teaching. I immediately wondered if the misconceptions highlighted would be so widespread in the southern hemisphere where seasons are seen... Continue Reading →

You can’t force collaboration 

One of the joys for me as a primary teacher working in an international school is that I have access to the specialist knowledge and resources from having a secondary school on site. When preparing for the current unit of inquiry into forces shaping the planet, I sent an email asking one of the physics... Continue Reading →

Sometimes you need to have a little fun… #maythefourth

Some days you need to have a little fun. No excuse not to blast a little Star Wars in the morning. Yoda was the favourite on the day...

Who watches the people watching teachers?

A few years ago I was in the room with a very senior member of the teaching profession who joked they used so little modern technology they didn't even have an ATM card. That comment bothered me for a long time. How can you be a senior member of a profession devoted to learning but be... Continue Reading →

Passion changes everything

If you were to give people three qualities to describe their ideal teacher,  I'm not sure passion would rate very highly on most people's lists. While passionate people have oodles of drive and enthusiasm they can also be tough to work alongside. They have little tolerance for activities that take them away from doing what they love. Moreover... Continue Reading →

Working after hours #stephaniescott

Teaching is a job where you never really get everything on your to-do list done. Like most teachers I work on weekends and well into the night. I often venture into school on a weekend or look out of the windows in my classroom and realise it was well after dark. Working in an international... Continue Reading →

Links you should be reading…

Things that have been capturing my attention from the interwebs this week. Income inequality, as seen from space Take to time to study the pictures comparing affluent neighbourhoods to non-affluent neighbourhoods before reading the blurb.The pictures would be a great visual provocation for sharing the planet. In a world where the representation of girls is... Continue Reading →

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