• Why Do Teachers Learn To Teach From People Who Can’t?

    I want you to imagine you are about to go for an operation.  You walk into the surgeon’s office and on the wall are his credentials.  As you look at his certificates you notice that he has a trade in butchery but nothing at all suggesting that he has been to medical school.  The doctor […]

  • Where To From Here?

    I was reading a news article in the Sydney Morning Herald today and came across the following quote by the US writer Thomas Friedman. Young people must be given more tools to not so much find their next job as to invent it. I’m not sure that this is the case.  I think there will always […]

  • The ONE Word That Will Revolutionise Your Behaviour Management

    Have you ever found yourself wishing there was just one simple key that would make all your behaviour management and student discipline problems instantly vanish?  I often joke with some of my colleges that the day someone develops some sort of fairy suit [the manly kind of course!] and a magic wand I will be […]

  • Teaching Generation Z

    I came across the following picture yesterday that made me smile. Researchers say that if you look at the brains of our generation Z students (the latest group of students to start school) and compare that with a brain of a child from 20 years ago you can see a physical difference. The part of […]

  • Do We Need Less Creativity and More Innovation In The Classroom?

    I was reading book today that was totally unrelated to teaching.  In it I came across a quote by Theodore Levitt that made me put down the book think about my classroom practices. According to Theodore Levitt Creativity can be defined as thinking up new things where as innovation is doing new things. It made me wonder […]

  • What Google and Facebook Are Hiding And Its Implications On Education

    I came across this short TED Talk yesterday.  The premise is that Google and Facebook are now tailoring your internet experience by learning what you like and the types of links you follow and then only showing you more of the same. There is a great screen shot of two identical search queries resulting in […]

  • How To Use Facebook In The Classroom Without Compromising Your Professional Relationship With Your Students

    Different countries and different education departments within those countries have social media policies which generally limit the ways in which teachers can use twitter and Facebook with their students.  In the previous post I covered the arguments for and against those policies and showed you how to use twitter in the classroom without compromising your […]

  • How To Use Twitter In The Classroom Without Compromising Your Professional Relationship With Your Students

    There has been a fair level of debate online as well as around the water cooler in staff rooms about whether or not is breaching your professional relationship with your students if you are friends with them on Facebook or follow them on twitter.  The argument generally revolves around the following 3 thoughts… Why you […]

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