Category Archives: Pedagogy

Ways of teaching that promote real learning in young people

Not lesson plans as we understand them Jim

There is a plethora of sites on the internet offering lesson plans to teachers in need of a bit of inspiration and/or assistance. Because there are so many, is seems reasonable that there is a need for them. The question … Continue reading

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Being illogical

It seems to be a major aspect of human nature that our ability to think logically is inversely proportional to how “close to home” we are. In other words, while the world might be crystal clear to us, we can … Continue reading

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Flipping out

It is wonderful that the “flipped classroom” initiative is providing opportunities for many teachers to get in amongst their students during class time. But, is this a real improvement in education? What do teachers do in this “freed-up” time? “Flipping” … Continue reading

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Life-long learning for 21st century teachers

Normally we would offer our own thoughts, but this blog post is very closely aligned with our perceptions and views about 21st century pedagogy. Scott McLeod blogs and tweets interesting ideas about major educational issues. http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2010/09/we-cant-let-educators-off-the-hook.html

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It’s not that difficult

I’ve had the opportunity to observe quite a few classes in recent times, and only a few stood out. The ones that were noticeable, for the right reasons, had the same basic traits: The teacher asked open-ended questions, which challenged … Continue reading

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Ready to learn

Most of us do not learn stuff until we are ready. “Ready” can mean a lot of things – for example, are we intellectually developed enough or motivated enough? For example, we can learn to use social media because there … Continue reading

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Life-long learning

At the last International Baccalaureate Asia-Pacific conference, in Melbourne, Erica McWilliams indicated that the term “life-long learning” was, to put it mildly, over-used. So many schools and other educational organisations use it in their vision or mission statements that it … Continue reading

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Fostering a Reflective School Culture

“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.” – Confucius For a school to establish itself as a learning community, being ‘reflective’ should be integral to the school ethos. Reflection is a quality essential to living in … Continue reading

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It takes time and thought

“Mr. Andrew, I put my investigation on my Technology wiki” – this was an email from a girl who is a member of a cohort I began with 15 months ago. This class of adolescents had been imported from the … Continue reading

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