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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 […]

School is a Game… So What are the Rules?

This term I have been investigating the use of Gamification in the classroom with a colleague and while I’m not so sure that we have been successful I definitely have found that the concept is well worth further investigation. The idea behind gamification is that you turn the classwork or course into a game in […]

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There is no other way to explain it.  Our school year starts on Monday that is two days away.  As I sit here in the dark writing, its midnight on Friday night and I can’t sleep.  I can’t sleep because I have never, ever, EVER felt so unprepared for Day One in my teaching life.  […]

McDonalds and Culture in the Same Sentence?

Our Year 6’s are about to study a unit on Culture and among discussions during planning the conversation moved towards what definition or concept of culture were the students going to look at.  Being an inquiry based unit the decision was to go with what ever definition the student decided to go with would then […]

What Exactly is the Purpose of Education?

This week I have spent my time in primary school planning meetings.  Each of these has started the same way with the teachers being given a copy of the draft National Australian Curriculum.  Each of these meetings has then gone in a very different direction depending on the combination of teachers.  One thing that did […]