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Teaching - are you ready for the future NOW?

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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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Promising New Approaches to Primary Education

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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 Strategy #37 - Musical Chairs

Posted by anonymous on May 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Half time, change seats!

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When you have long lessons and you want to break up the tasks, why not play musical chairs? This helps keep things interesting & students often end up sitting next to people whom they wouldn't us...

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Teaching Strategy #36 - What to do when your classroom is out of control

Posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A change is as good as a holiday!

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Sometimes, you are faced with a whole classroom of students who have a mental block & as a result, struggle to focus & ...

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Teaching Strategy # 35 - Code in the classroom

Posted by anonymous on May 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Itchy? Get into Scratch!

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If you have any tech savvy or particularly inquisitive students in your class, set them a homework challenge that is fun - Scratch.

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Teaching Strategy # 34 - How to check for understanding

Posted by anonymous on April 27, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Checking for understanding

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Checking for understanding is inself an art. You need to make sure your questions are not leading, but give enough of an example so that you get the info you need. Asking 'do you...

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Teaching Strategy # 31 - How to make your lesson fun

Posted by anonymous on April 8, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Make it fun (and they inadvertently learn!)

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Want to make sure everyone knows how to find their way around any textbook?  Play I AM THE BEST!  Ensure all students have the same textbook closed on the desk, with their hands on their heads.  Tell them that they need to find one of the word...

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Teaching Strategy # 30 - How to relate to your class

Posted by anonymous on April 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Make it relative...

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When you have a particularly dry topic, try to link it with something that will pique the student's interest. For example, I recently had to revisit how to correctly reference in an assignment .... zzzzz ... oh, sorry, I fell asleep at the thought of it! I'm sure this will be the response...

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Teaching Strategy #26 - How to warm up your brain

Posted by anonymous on March 20, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

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Warm up their brains!

 

If you need students to be participating, giving feedback or working in groups, start with a brainstorm warm up. This gets the kids thinking in a fun way & they'll be pretty keen to share their answers. Once their brain is activated, you'll have mo...

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Tip #23 - Getting settled after lunch

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Getting the students to settle & focus after running around all lunch.

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Try 5 minutes of Silent Time. During this time, as the title suggests, it' sit me to be silent. The students can put their heads down on the desk for a quick nap, lie down on the floor (providing you're n...

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Tip #22 - Dry topic? Make it edible!

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Turning potentially dry topics into fun by making it edible!

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My esteemed colleague, Lauren Philp & I hit the shops this afternoon, on a mission to make probability edible. I have armed myself with lollies & miscellaneous surprises. How would you suggest the learning/fun feast r...

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Teaching Strategy #21 - The kid's brains have logged out?

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The kid's brains have logged out?

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Get them moving! Take them outside & play a game. 'Bump' (click on the link) is one of my favourites.

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Tip #20 - Converting what students can verbally tell you, into writing

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Having trouble getting kids to convert what they can verbally tell you into writing?

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Use their phone to record the questions you ask & their response. They can go back over it & replay it, long after you're gone without having to feel stupid about forgetting what was s...

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Tip #19 - Sit quietly after the exam?

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

How to get the students to sit quietly after they've finished the exam?

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Give them something to do! Have a fun/interesting activity to do like completing a maze, doing a word find, even just colouring in (you'll be surprised - even the senior students dig this!). Have the ...

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Tip #18 - Start with a brain challenge!

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Start with a brain challenge.

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Kids love challenges! Rebus puzzles are word pictures that make a common saying. Start the lesson by showing a few of these & get the students to try to figure out what the saying is. You join in & try to work them out too and they'll ...

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Tip #16 - An annoying student with too much energy?

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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An annoying student with too much energy?

 

Find a teacher who has a class at the opposite end of the school when you have that student. If your student is restless & having trouble paying attention in class, get them to take an 'important message' to the other teacher, as fast as possi...

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Tip #15 - Take boring worksheets outside!

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Shit Classrooms: How to Troubleshoot them - Tip #15

Take boring worksheets outside.

 

If students don't need to be inside, working from the whiteboard/projector, get them to physically pick up their tables & chairs and take them outside! The feeling of freedom is important & they get to choose a place that suits them...

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Tip #14 - Be outside the box!

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Shit Classrooms: How to Troubleshoot Them - Tip #14

Be outside the box!

 

Great for revision. Students work in pairs. Give each pair a whiteboard marker. Show them that almost any shiny surface is 'fair game' - windows, desk tops, glass cabinets. These markers just wipe straight off smooth surfaces. Send the students to find a spac...

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Tip #13 - Noisy class? Graph it!

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Noisy class? Graph it!

 

Ok, so my slightly nerdy maths/science background is trying to bust out! Track the noise in the classroom by drawing a noise level graph that the students update every 5mins. This makes them collectively accountable for controlling the noise in...

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Teaching Strategy #10 - Start with a game, Maths in the Mud

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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Start the lesson with a game

 

One of my favourite teaching strategies - games! How to win friends and influence students 101 -  play 'Maths in the mud'. It's just a game of Stuck in the mud, but to become unstuck, you stand with your hands on your head & you have 3-...

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