Archive for the ‘Teacher Effectiveness’ Category

Unpacking & Embedding Values and Dispositions

Published on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

“We have had the posters and logos up on the wall for two years and there has been no improvement.” These were the words of a Principal in Singapore after they had identified and displayed the new school values, dispositions and skills they wanted students to learn and adopt. Passively hoping students will learn such […]

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Digital Wellbeing – Relieve the stresses of sitting at your computer all day.

Published on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

If you have suddenly pivoted to teaching online and are spending hours in online meetings, making videos and having screen chats you may well be finding your body is complaining. Tell-tale symptoms include: headaches back pain tension in your neck sore and tight shoulders sore bottom from sitting all day aching, tired eyes suddenly not […]

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Teaching Online During Lockdown – tips and strategies for success

Published on Sunday, April 12th, 2020

We are certainly living in interesting times with COVID 19 shaking up 2020. If you are suddenly required to teach online here are some tips and strategies to make it a little easier. With students suddenly being required to learn from home it is important to remember that we are not requiring parent to be […]

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Striving For Accuracy & Precision

Published on Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Take a moment to reflect on your current students. Do some of them rush to get their work done? Is there an unwritten belief that being the first finished is better than doing their best? Do many of them put in the minimum effort instead of working towards excellence? Are you constantly seeing sloppy mistakes? […]

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It’s all about Relationships

Published on Monday, July 1st, 2019

The Cultural Force of Interactions… In one of the most powerful educational TED talks, Rita Pierson’s ‘Every Kid Needs a Champion,’ she clearly articulates the need for teachers to develop significant positive relations with their students. She talks about the value and importance of human connection. “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like,” she […]

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Team Teaching – practical ways to structure and organise it

Published on Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Team teaching can be both an incredible privilege and challenge all at the same time! One teacher recently described team teaching as going on a blind date and getting married! And it can be like that. However, with some simple structures and strategies team teaching can be the best teaching years of your career. Let’s […]

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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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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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