Tag: Learning

Teach History to Foster a Love of History

Three types of people baffle me. People who say they don’t have time to read, people who don’t like magic, and people who say they find history boring. 1. Always prioritise reading over housework, 2. Magic is literally the impossible made possible, and 3. How can the story of the world and everything in it …

You Want to Engage Your Students, Not Entertain Them – Fun and Engaging Aren’t the Same

There’s nothing like that feeling (is it pride, or accomplishment, or honest relief?) of looking out over a classroom engaged students. Sometimes that feeling can be all that gets you through the rest of the week without taking a mental health day, and staying home with Dr Phil and a tub of ice-cream. And of …

Why Use Rubrics in the Classroom?

Part of teaching is assessing. It’s not the best part – that is special morning tea day in the staffroom – but it’s an important part because without assessment neither you, nor your students, know where and how they’re improving. And for me the humble rubric is the champion of assessment tools. Let me tell …

What is Learner Agency

I’ve been looking a lot into ‘learner agency’ recently. Well on it’s way to being something of an education buzz-word, properly understood learner agency means that students are active drivers in their education. It goes beyond ‘student-centred learning’, and shifts the power from teachers to learners. We’ve talked about self-efficacy before too, but again learner …

Why Should We Care That Universities are Dropping Their Asian Language Programs?

When I was in my final year of uni (in 2006, if you must know) the Indonesian language program was cancelled at my campus. I was attending Monash University, Churchill, a country campus in Victoria an hour from my little country town. Years later, Asian Studies in Australian universities are still under threat, and I …

The Learning Pit

I had never heard of the Learning Pit until my eldest son started primary school, but I like it. As teachers, educators, and parents we both see the children in our lives enter the learning Pit (or refuse to enter) and come out the other side, and we experience the learning Pit ourselves.

3 Things Corona Virus Has Taught Me

I think it would be fair to say that here in Australia the reality of Covid-19 didn’t really catch up with us until March 2020. Up until the end of April people were still travelling, in fact my family had a trip to Japan booked for March, and there was still a sense of, “wash …

There is a Difference Between Skill and Talent, and Teachers and Parents Need to Remember It

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 …