• Rewarding Teachers – Will it work?

    Yesterday I posted about an article in the Chicago Tribune reporting that Florida had finalised their plan to modernise teaching.  There were a range of changes about to be rolled out – one of them being that teachers were to be rewarded based on how much their students learn. The idea of providing financial incentives […]

  • The Plan to Modernise Teaching

    There was an article in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week that reported on the progress of the plans in Florida to finalise their ‘Roadmap for modernizing the teaching profession’.  According to the article Florida has passed legislation that will formalise their plans that will apparently (and I quote) “transform the educational status quo”. The […]

  • Will the Technology in the Classroom Debate Result in 2 Classes of Teachers

    Last week I wrote a post about the technology in the classroom debate.  The main point being that we need to be careful of becoming so focussed on our philosophy of teaching that we exclude what others are doing that works.  There has been a lot of discussion about this post (especially over at LinkedIn) […]

  • An Open Letter to Educators

    In the post a few days ago on the technology debate in the classroom I referred to an article showing that 2 of the top 12 performing Primary Schools in NSW are based on the Rudolf Steiner philosophy of education which actively discourages the use of technology in the classroom.  The point of that post […]

  • The Technology In The Classroom Debate…

    There was an interesting article in the Sun Herald this weekend (click here to read the article).  In it they point out that 2 out of the top 12 primary schools in NSW Australia actively discourage the use of technology in the classroom.  Both Schools use the Rudolf Steiner philosophy of education which embraces the […]

  • Do Rewards Dull Creativity In The Classroom?

    Carl Dunker devised an experiment called the candle problem in the 1950’s.  In it he gathered a group of individuals, gave them  a candle, some thumb tacks and a box arranged in the way pictured above and told them that their job was to attach the candle to the wall in such a way that […]

  • Fun activity to train your brain

    Now matter how many times I show this to students and teachers alike the response is always the same…laughter and bewilderment. Activity: How smart is your Right foot? Give your students these simple instructions – play it up to make it even more fun (I offer prizes etc) 1. While sitting down, lift your right […]

  • How to Get to Know Your Students Quickly

    In Australia we have started school again for the year.  Because I teach in a senior college (years 10-12), we start the year a bit differently.  We had an orientation day last Thursday and classes started today.  I met all of my classes, and it looks like it will be an interesting year!  In one […]

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