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 →

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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 →

Consistency – I don’t think that word means what you think it means

Language is a powerful tool in education. It can be used to open new ideas and concepts but it can also be used to shut people out of conversations. One of the words that I often find myself hearing in conversation is consistency. We want the children in our schools to exercise consistent behaviour and receive consistent standard of education. “Students... Continue Reading →

Social media messages – Compare and Contrast @bnighrogain

A few weeks ago I had a big rant about teachers taking to social media to teach kids 'a lesson.' Today I was on twitter and spotted a similar photo and had a completely different reaction. What I like about this photo The students are posing a question rather than a teacher. It's a  message... Continue Reading →

Why are there so few women in ed tech? #28daysofwriting

I am elementary school teacher. One the things you quickly notice as you wander around an elementary school is that the vast majority of the teaching staff are women. I am also an edu tech geek. One of the things you quickly notice when you go to educational technology events is that the majority of speakers and a huge... Continue Reading →

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