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Education

Do I Need to Know This For The Test Ma’am?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about assessment in the classroom lately. And I’m trying to get my head around how much especially in the Senior Years (11 and 12) we bombard kids with formal assessment.    I’m talking about the assessment that we give at the end of a topic or unit.  The […]

Flippin’ Over…

This year we are being challenged as a staff to take on three goals.  One is based on the Strategic Directions, one is a team goal and the other is a personal goal.  My personal goal this year has been to Increase my knowledge and challenge my understanding of the flipped classroom to support teachers […]

Gamified World

I’ve not posted for a little while as I’ve been super busy.  I decided to take a Course on Gamification.  And while I thoroughly enjoyed the course it took up a bit more of my time than I thought it would.  However the time spent on it was well worthwhile as I have come away with a […]

Dear Horribly Inefficient Teacher…

This post is in response to a blog post I read a few weeks ago on Betchablog.  I have read this post every day for the last 2 weeks as I tried to find the best way to answer…  This is my response… Dear Horribly Inefficient Teacher, I used to think like you.  When I […]

Young Entrepreneurs…

A good friend of mine has been home for the holidays.  This good friend I see once every three years because of the nature of his work and life choices he has made.  In usual fashion the few times we have seen him over his holiday break we caught up on our life stories while reminiscing over […]

School is a Game… And the Rules have Changed…

I am sorry I haven’t posted my findings sooner, however a very significant and wonderful lady in my life passed away and I have needed the time to gather my thoughts and celebrate her lifetime. Last time I looked at Gamification and the research I had found.  I have now sort of put into practice […]

Thank You Teachers

With it being World Teacher Day on Friday in Australia (26th October) I thought I would reflect back over some of the teachers which stand out in my mind from when I was a student and why this was the case.  I know I haven’t left school all that long ago (97) however I feel […]

Do you Google Yourself?

I was asked this week by a friend if I have ever Googled myself.  My response was an easy one.  Yes!  In fact I Google myself and my kids once a month, in the many variations and nicknames that our names can have.  Many of you will think that this is overkill and perhaps it […]

Pen and Paper…. That’s Soooooooooo Last Year…

This is a presentation was given at Expanded Learning Horizons Conference (#ELHSTECH) a few weeks ago as part of a TIM (The Idea Matters) Talk.  After a number of discussions since then I have decided to add the presentation here to continue the conversation. Please be aware that these thoughts are my own based on […]

What Does Best Practice…

There has been a lot of talk lately about best practice in teaching.  As teachers we are always seeking to be the best we can be in the classroom.  We try to implement new technologies, new teaching practices, new pedagogies…  We do many hours of professional reading, attend hours of professional development and develop our […]