Tag: Strategy

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 …

Making Your Own Animations in PowerPoint Will Enhance Your Lessons – and it’s Super Easy

I was explaining to my kids the other day that when I was in primary school, we only had one TV. It was set up on one of the walls in the juniour block corridor, and when our teachers wanted us to watch something like an educational program on the ABC, or a video about …

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 …

How Can Teachers Balance Screen Time in the Classroom?

It’s fair to say that I am a big fan of digital learning, but parent and teacher concerns around screen time (and an excess there-of) are real and reasonable. There’s ample evidence that too much screen time can have negative impacts on young people. But, we also know that technology can have a huge benefit …

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 …

How Teachers Can Tackle Winter Coughs and Colds

As our Northern Hemisphere colleagues turn their faces to the sun for the first time in months, we in the Southern Hemisphere slide deeper into Winter. I’ve been down and out with a bug for well over a week (not THE bug, so that’s something to be grateful for), submitting to the obligatory throat and …

4 Tips for Managing Home Learning – and A Bonus Tip for Parents Who are also Teachers

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. …

A History Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care

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 …

Advice for First-Year Teachers

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 …