Archive for the ‘Teacher Effectiveness’ Category

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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The Power of Language

Published on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

The words we use have a subtle and powerful ability to shape thinking, a sense of self and group affinity according to Ron Ritchhart in his book Creating Cultures of Thinking. He outlines 7 ways in which language shapes the culture of a classroom and school, and directs attention and action. 1. The Language of Thinking What […]

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Teaching for Independence

Published on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

One of the leading goals in every classroom should be creating independence in our students. This means teachers are required to step back, stop rescuing, allow students to make mistakes and ask powerful questions about learning. I love the I.C.T. method, first taught to me by Adrian Rennie in Christchurch. It stands for Individual, Collaborative […]

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Setting Up Your Classroom for Success

Published on Friday, January 13th, 2017

As the beginning of the school year is fast approaching, setting up your classroom for success is more than theming your classroom and furniture placement. It is also ensuring you are clear on your philosophies, processes and outcomes. Here are a few ideas to consider… Safety First Not all classrooms are created equal and particularly […]

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How do students know they know?

Published on Friday, November 11th, 2016

“I don’t learn anything at school!” shouted my daughter (Miss 14) as she left the house. Not a new revelation from her – but today she seemed more intent on ensuring I knew I was wasting my time sending her each day. So I decided to ask the BIG question. “How do you know when […]

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Enhancing Thought-Full Classroom Dialogue

Published on Monday, October 19th, 2015

Creating an environment within your classroom where every student actively participates in their education is a major goal, and key challenge for educators. An effective way to promoting active participation is through classroom dialogue. Unfortunately many of our students have been educated out of actively being engaged in their education with the fear of making mistakes, […]

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Avoiding Avoidance in the Classroom

Published on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Recently a Principal asked me why he was seeing so many students going to the bathroom all day… there are of course many reasons – however I suggested it was possibly not an epidemic of incontinence, it is more likely to be an avoidance tactic. Students can be extremely smart at avoiding doing anything that might be […]

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Everything is hard before it is easy

Published on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

“To get to easy you have to go through hard.” This was a recent Mountain Dew advert on the back of a bus and on billboards in Wellington. This parallels a message I have been teaching students about learning – “Everything is hard before it is easy.” When students are studying for an exam, the best […]

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Setting the foundations…

Published on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

I come from a long line of great chefs, caterers and foodies – in fact my Nana, Mother, sister and daughter are real foodies, and I’m just not one of them. I make food to sustain, comfort and for sharing with others. Now I can cook and indeed do and really enjoy it – not just at […]

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Switching Places – seeing school from the student perspective

Published on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A colleague recently posted a video from Burr and Burton Academy, a Vermont High School in the US called Student For A Day Project.  It was an unusual experiment where teachers became a student for a day. Each teacher was assigned a timetable for the day, including their student parking space and what time they should arrive […]

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