Change the story…

As is so often the case with many things in life, not everything you plan for becomes reality. As a teacher, you work towards a weekly set of plans that focus on key areas of the curriculum – something which I have always believed, and still believe for the most part, to be the rightContinue reading “Change the story…”

The Magnetism of Magnets

Don’t worry – No storytelling, dialogue, poetry, digital mime or other bizarre writing styles in this post! No. Today I bring you an exciting new unit plan (well at least I think it is exciting) that I have altered and tweaked. ‘Altered’ and ‘tweaked’ are two highly apt terms when it comes to writing about thisContinue reading “The Magnetism of Magnets”

Footsteps in a new land…

Before the coming Across fierce seas, that battered and broke our small boats, we came. It took us many months of travel to arrive here – many did not make it! Now we have set foot in our new land. We are tired from the long journey but we look forward to putting down roots and settlingContinue reading “Footsteps in a new land…”

I say! Anyone for a game of cards?

Gamification, Game-based learning, Using games in the classroom, Gametime, Gamelearn…So many names and ideas connected by the word ‘Game’ when it comes to education. And why is that? Simple – because it is one of the most important learning methods ever created. And another thing – unlike many other aspects of learning – it is FUN! In my caseContinue reading “I say! Anyone for a game of cards?”

I want to work with you!

Does connectivism have a real shot at being a true learning theory? Yes! Well…mainly yes! As the new coordinator of primary history at our school (sorry if you have read any of my previous posts where I have mentioned this numerous times) I would argue that connectivism is now an essential part of a school’s structure. Let me beginContinue reading “I want to work with you!”

Heart attack in the playground!

The playground – probably the most creative environment in the world! Yesterday I sat on a bench, near my local park, watching my children climb, run and clamber over a brand new jungle gym. As I was watching, I noticed just how quickly all the children playing on the jungle gym quickly got bored with the slides, the climbingContinue reading “Heart attack in the playground!”

Failure!

Since I first started the Coetail course, all the way back in February, I think it fair to say that I have been heavily influenced and affected by the different ideas and philosophies that I have been exposed to. As both an educator and parent, my personal outlook on teaching and learning has undoubtedly changed. I look back at the wayContinue reading “Failure!”

We live? We die? You decide!

Photo credit: pixabay You must yourselves realize the power of Athens, and feed your eyes upon her from day to day, till love of her fills your hearts; and then, when all her greatness shall break upon you, you must reflect that it was by courage, sense of duty, and a keen feeling of honourContinue reading “We live? We die? You decide!”

Bike-to-chart

Infographics? Data visualization? Digital notetaking? What do these words mean?  Me – No idea! Actually, this isn’t exactly true! I did know what infographics were but I didn’t know that they were called infographics. The first time I had actually come across these type of images was when I had teamed up with Palvinder Thurman for ourContinue reading “Bike-to-chart”

Once upon a time…

Photo Credit: Magenta Rose Once upon a time, there was a small girl named Adi. Adi was an energetic and enthusiastic girl who loved playing at home, visiting the local parks and going to school. It’s true! She really did love her School! Well, it’s mostly true. She loved almost everything about school except for one thing-that most awful and dreadful task knownContinue reading “Once upon a time…”