Tag: Teaching

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 …

It’s Time to Remember Why You Became a Teacher, and it wasn’t to Burn-Out

Your worth as a teacher is not measured by how tired you are. It’s not measured by the number of projects you take on for the school. It’s not measured by that creeping feeling of desperation you feel as ‘report writing’ gears up. It’s not measured by how often you say yes to your principal, …

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 …

Who is Faith Bandler?

I am, at the moment, doing research into the 1967 referendum to change the Australian constitution, in order to make some civics and citizenship learning resources. I was lucky enough, through my local library website, to find a interview with Faith Bandler. Mrs. Bandler campaigned both for the ‘yes’ vote for the referendum, and for …

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 …

Teaching Humanities

When I began my teachers’ degree my intention was to become an Indonesian and English teacher. Thanks to some dodgy advice from the admin staff that enrolled me (just pick any subjects, you can always change them later), I ended up as a Indonesian and Humanities teacher, and I’m thankful I did because I honestly …

Is Australia a Violent Country? If so, How do we Come to Terms with That?

Right now there seems to be a shift in how issues of sex, consent, and assault, are perceived in Australia. I say seems because I remember all too well when the St. Kilda Football club sex scandal happened, saying to my husband, “If we have boys, I don’t ever want them to play football.” I …