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Practical, hands-on strategies to engage and excite learners

Troubleshoot Classrooms

Challenging classrooms? Here, you will find innovative teaching strategies, preventative and restorative behaviour development (management) teacher tips. They're hands-on, fun and practical strategies for not only addressing behaviour in challenging classrooms but pushing the innovative envelope.

Please feel free to comment on the posts & share them with your friends.  We'd love to hear how you went when trying the teaching strategies, perhaps you could include how you modified the tip to suit your class.

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Building rapport quickly in the classroom

Posted by Granted Education on June 19, 2019 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This year, I have had some clashes with one of our students (no-one is perfect!) and have been looking for ways to make sure I check in with him and acknowledge when he does things well with the intention of rebuilding trust.


I have been asking how he's going with his football and noticed he worked like a trojan during our Fort Bu...

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Are collaborative classroom environments doing the best by our children?

Posted by Granted Education on June 16, 2019 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

They are the leaders of the school, but deep down, they're all kids at heart!

I am lucky enough to teach in a collaborative Yr 7 & 8 classroom with one of my good mates. We were looking over the work we have completed so far this term with the kids and it has been HUGE! With that in mind, we considered...

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How to utilise the '3rd space' to get your appraisal reflections done!

Posted by Granted Education on November 19, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok, breathe in and then out. This shouldn’t be too painful but I was thinking that some of you don’t know there’s an easier way to get your appraisal reflections done. Let me start at the beginning …

A typical day for me is to get up at 6am, hit the snooze button a couple of times before check...

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Providing High Quality Assessment & Feedback

Posted by Granted Education on November 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This year has been crazy busy. I’m sure every teacher feels that but seriously, I don’t think I’ve collected so much assessment in my whole life! Thankfully, this has not all been summative but I also feel like I’ve never had such a good idea of where my kids are sitting and how I can help them move forward.

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Teaching - are you ready for the future NOW?

Posted by Granted Education on April 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

You may not have noticed it, but how we teach is starting to change - thank goodness!

Look beyond the evolutionary hangovers of uniforms, school bells and rigid timetables and you will start to see something exciting that is bubbling below the surface - hybrid schooling. No, we’re not raising a new generation of half human, ha...

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10 Qualities of Great Teachers - are you one?

Posted by Granted Education on October 4, 2016 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Build Rapport Quickly

Are you a great teacher? It's a question that we often ask ourselves, some more than others I guess, and it's nearly always the reason why we chose this profession. For...

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Fighting at school: Restorative Justice Intervention

Posted by Granted Education on October 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Whack! Bang! Swoosh! It sounded like an episode of Batman, but the scene unfolded in the classroom. One of our boys had lost his temper and was acting out. I sent him outside to cool down, put on my detective hat and went about investigating what the hell happened here!


Have you experienced this heart-palpative ...

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Promising New Approaches to Primary Education

Posted by anonymous on January 2, 2016 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Teacher collaboration.

I've been a teacher in a secondary school for all of my teaching career (13 years). This year, I have taken on a new challenge and teaching in a primary school and I have been blown away by my new school!

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Teaching: Are we doing it wrong?

Posted by anonymous on December 26, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

"What is one thing that should be taught in school that isn't already" asks Joshua Pang.

I have a bit of experience in teaching at a secondary school level and in my mind, we leave a number of gaps that could easily be addressed (if we wanted to, of course). At the top of this list would have to be resilience. T...

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Top 3 inspiring Ted Talks on Education

Posted by anonymous on April 14, 2015 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Who inspired you to become a teacher?

It's hard to say for me, I had a few teachers I really respected when I was at school. Among them would have to be my next door neighbour and PE teacher, Mr Brown. You see, I never really saw myself as an academic student & I saw school as an opportunity to play sport and hang out with...

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How tech savvy are you?

Posted by anonymous on April 14, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Do you know how to app-smash something?

How comfortable are you with implementing technology into your classroom? I'm not just talking about using a data projector, that seems like assumed practice, I'm talking about using apps, creating infographics, and utilising the power of Socrative (just to give a few examples)...

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Super hero shenanagans

Posted by anonymous on April 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The K-12 Cultural Innovation in Australian Schools Conference was an amazing experience to speak at and I enjoyed every moment. I was lucky enough to have been put up in an awesome hotel that was in the same block as the conference. I was a bit stressed leading up to the presentation and it seemed that the practice & paring...

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8 Awesome websites for classroom games

Posted by anonymous on November 12, 2014 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Games, games, games


Why use games? Games in the classroom have led to the sprouting of a whole new educational research field over the l...

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15 Strategies for getting your marking done!

Posted by anonymous on October 31, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In my 1st year of teaching, I think that one of the most exciting things to do (in teaching of course!) was mark exams. I was so eager to get them marked that they were all done, put in alphabetical order and ready to hand back to my students the very next day. Oh, where did those days go?!  The thought of having to mark those damn thing...

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Teaching Strategy #40 - Use technology to help drive engagement with spreadsheets!

Posted by anonymous on October 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Can you remember the first time that you had a play around with Excel? I can’t really, but I do recall a time when I totally geeked out while playing with the formula functions in it. Well, I have a year 12 Science In Practice (SIP) class wh...

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Teaching Strategy # 39 - How to remember names

Posted by anonymous on September 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever been at a party and recognised the person who you have just started talking to, but can't for the life of you remember their name? This happens to my partner all the time, to the point that we have a little system worked out, where I pretend that she's socially inept and forgotten to do the introductions and I introdu...

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Feeling inspired!

Posted by anonymous on August 29, 2014 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been a busy day today! This morning I was feeling super inspired and made a couple of video tutorials showing how to use some features in a program called Turning Point. This is an Audience Response program that is an add on for Power Point. Check out the new Video Tutorial section of...

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Teaching Strategy # 38 - How do I stop the kids' annoying fidgeting?

Posted by anonymous on August 20, 2014 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Does continuous pen clicking/tapping drive you batty?

It was the last period of the day and I had a class of mainly boys.  The fidgeting was at an all-time high, as the class were supposed to go through their field booklets and source the answers for any questions that were blank. Thankfully I was in the Scien...

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What I learned while hosting my 1st Web Conference

Posted by anonymous on August 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys!  This afternoon I conducted my first Web Conference and to be honest, it felt a little anticlimatic. I love creating an energy buzz in the room and feed off people's reactions and interactions.  Perhaps it was just how I was using it, but I felt quite alone despite having a room of about 20 people there! I think I was expecting to be hearing people and w...

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Set your expectations and follow through!

Posted by anonymous on August 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

When students are waiting for you outside the classroom, let them know the behavior you are looking for - deep down, they want to impress you.  Reward the students who are doing the correct thing and explicitly tell them what they are doing that you like - standing quietly with their books ready.  If you use student's names, this is like a turbo boost for achieving you...

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