Feedback in the Classroom

Published on Friday, November 9th, 2018

“What feedback did you receive today to help you in your learning?” is a power question I recently heard John Hattie ask – one that he asked his own children after school. So I asked my Miss 16. “Nothing” was the continual reply. I was curious… Couple this with a post I saw on social media (right) […]

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Modelling Thinking & Learning

Published on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

According to Ron Ritchhart, seeing ourselves through our students’ eyes is the key to being a great model for thinking. He describes two types of modelling in the classroom. The first is explicit modelling. This is when you are demonstrating and showing a process or procedure that you want the student to adopt. The second […]

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Learning to Disagree Respectfully

Published on Monday, October 1st, 2018

To be great citizens of the world, with so many ideas, points of view and perceptions, being able to disagree respectfully is important. As humans, we have a desire to be ‘right.’ Have you ever been in an argument and half way through you realised you were wrong? What did you do? Most people report […]

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A Study Session in Action

Published on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

This time of year is stressful for students as exams are looming and often the reality sets in that they really don’t know how to study. Yesterday I was asked to help a Year 11 student with an important test coming up in 2 days. Her parents reported that she has been distracted with a TV […]

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Memory Hacks for Studying – Making Information StAnD OuT

Published on Friday, September 21st, 2018

Your brain loves anything that is funny, different or has a novelty value. Memories that stay with us for a lifetime are those that link with many other memories, and have a ‘slightly weird twist.’ Anything ‘peculiar’ will stand out in your mind. Any ‘one offs’ will also be memorable if they have novelty value […]

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Why our education system needs to change

Published on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

I was recently asked to write an opinion piece for a national newspaper about the future of exams… here is my response… The world is changing and our education system needs to evolve with it. Our current education system was established to create employees, from the manufacturing model of the nineteenth and 20th centuries. The […]

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Raising Professionalism

Published on Monday, August 27th, 2018

I fully support the Teachers in NZ wanting better conditions for students and their pay claims as I totally believe Teachers make every other profession possible. Your job is critical to the success of future generations. I’ve been torn about whether to say this or publish the following thoughts. After speaking to a few Teachers & […]

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Memory Hacks for Study Success

Published on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

“Repetition is the mother of learning.” This Latin proverb holds some great truth when it comes to studying and passing exams. From a brain perspective, repetition transfers skills and knowledge from your conscious to subconscious brain. One practical example is learning to drive. When you start, you have to think about every little step: the […]

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Mastering Time in the Classroom

Published on Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Learning to master time, rather than being its victim is one of the 8 cultural forces discussed by Project Zero, senior researcher Ron Ritchhart. He writes about 6 areas of time which can be harnessed and mastered to create a thinking culture in your classroom. 1 Recognise time as a statement of your values What […]

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Learning to Give and Receive an Apology

Published on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Let’s face it – none of us are perfect and there are times when we make mistakes, screw up and hurt the feelings of others. We all have our limits – and when we overstep the mark, an apology is required. As a parent, teacher, leader, friend and wife I have given many apologies – […]

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