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Troubleshoot Classrooms

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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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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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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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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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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Teaching Strategy #37 - Musical Chairs

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

Half time, change seats!

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!

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 # 34 - How to check for understanding

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

Checking for understanding

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 #33 - How to get students engaged

Posted by anonymous on April 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Tip # 33 - How do you get students engaged?  Be excited!

Emotions are contagious.  If you talk excitedly about your topic, even if you are faking it, your students will pick up on the excitement and you will have their attention. Show this visual...

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Teaching Strategy # 32 - How to settle students when they enter the classroom

Posted by anonymous on April 8, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

How the heck do I get them to settle when they come in - spelling!

This is a great activity to settle & focus on the task. You can either have the spelling words pre-planned or fly-by-the seat-of-your-pants & quickly use an assessment piece or textbook chapter. Have the students number 1-10 & write...

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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!)

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...

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 # 29 - How to get through the lesson when you're not well

Posted by anonymous on April 2, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dealing with classes when you're under the weather

If you are not well, just watching a video for the entire lesson just will not cut it! Play a student run game like Bump to warm up their bodies & brains for the lesson. ...

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Teaching Strategy #28 - How to improve your memory

Posted by anonymous on March 26, 2014 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Make it memorable!


Build a memory palace - it links the knowledge to a physical act or place. We were learning about 2-way tables in Yr 8 maths today & I took my kids (with their pen and a book, through the rain!) to the underc...

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