I am a terrible reluctant aspiring organiser. Having your desk butt up to mine in the staffroom would be a challenge. I’m lucky that the people who have had to sit next to me over the years have always been incredibly patient (and willing to shove my avalanche of papers back onto my side). Because …

You know when you learn something new, something that really helped you, and you can’t wait to share it with other people who think might find it useful? That’s what this post is all about. I love using PowerPoint and I sell several PowerPoint resources over at my Teachers Pay Teachers store *cough*shameless plug*cough*. One …

Skill and talent are two words that we often use interchangeably, even though you’re probably aware that there is a difference. For the most part this switching of the words isn’t a big deal. If you and a friend go to a concert, and you say that the musician is talented, and they say the …

It’s well known in teaching that the names of the kids you learn first, are the names of the naughtiest or most challenging kids in the class. You may have even heard their name before you ever meet them face-to-face, as well meaning colleagues warn you to watch out for, ‘Jake, he’s a pain in …

So, you’re at home with the little darlings. Maybe your kids have been at home near enough the whole year. Maybe you’ve just started Home Learning 2.0. Maybe you’re trying to balance supervising your kids schooling with working. Maybe you’re trying to balance the schooling of older kids with the needs of toddlers and babies. …

History teachers are in a unique position. History is about human stories. Far more important than names and dates, history lessons are about helping students explore the experiences of the people that went before them. This is essential, in our opinion, for helping children and young adults become invested, effective, and compassionate global citizens. But …

If 2020 is your first year teaching then you might be wondering what you signed up for. Let’s be frank, you didn’t sign up for what 2020 has thrown your way. This is definitely what we’d class as exceptional circumstances. But, even without a global pandemic, the first year of teaching is the hardest. I’ve …

Using Digital Resource in Your Classroom

I’m a big fan of digital resources in the classroom. Why? Because they can make teachers’ jobs easier. And with students, particularly in high-school, bringing their own devices to school, gone are the days of having to book a computer lab, only to find Dave snuck in with his class because you weren’t there within …

How to Model Coping Skills

How has your week been? If you’re an educator, home educator or parent in Victoria at the moment then your week may have been challenging. Have you gone back into the classroom? Have your children? Or are you all still at home (maybe bouncing off the walls)? Wherever you are in the world, and whatever …

What is Self-Efficacy and Why Do Kids Need It?

In recent decades as educators, parents and even communities, we’ve been doing better at building kids’ self-esteem – the idea that you inherently worthy. Kids with good self-esteem value themselves, regardless of external events or voices. What you may have noticed in your classroom or homeschooling space is that these same kids may have high …