We are three weeks into our remote learning experience. Our staff and done an amazing job so far. My favorite tweet at the start of this process was “Teachers started out running a marathon and part way through someone turned it into a triathlon.” We have rapidly changed our game plan. Our swim and bike… Continue reading Surviving but not thriving in an online learning world.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Our schools shut down on Tuesday, March 24th. We had to find a way to teach remotely. We have used moodle for years as our LMS (Learning Management System) so asynchronous lessons for all but the practical subjects would be a doddle. Largely they have been. We’ve had no problems… Continue reading Why is remote teaching software rubbish?
For many years we have been doing “Learning Intent”. We were quick to embrace Hattie’s Visible learning John Hattie explains the importance of sharing learning intentions. The basic premise is that the students have the same idea as their teacher what is going on in the classroom, and what they should be learning as a… Continue reading Learning Intent – Make it a question and record it on the front page of student’s books
Our school is taking part in the Bastow Leading Mathematics program. The program required us to survey our students on their attitude to maths and what sorts of activities their maths teachers do in the classroom. We surveyed 30 Year 9 students and 118 Year 8 students. Students were asked to rate activities or teaching methods… Continue reading Doing practice problems and working on your own correlates with higher performance in Maths.
You’d have to have lived under a rock in the Education space to not have heard about Michaela over the past 5 years. Katherine Burbalsing’s “Tiger Teachers” have become world-famous. Dubbed the strictest school in Britain, Micheala is famous for being the “Trad” capital of the following: Warm, strict, no-excuses discipline. Knowledge rich curriculum. Traditional… Continue reading Why duplicating Michaela in Australia will be difficult.
If you haven’t used this yet, you should give it a try. The early adopters win the novelty prize. Gimkit is in the Kahoot, Quizlet, Quiziz family of online drill and practice games with some game strategy added. Gimkit was created by a 16-year-old high school student in the USA in 2017. He will be… Continue reading Gimkit: It’s fun. Try it.
How big a gap in funding is there really between Government and Private Schools?
I recently found myself quoted on the front page of the Weekend Australian. I’ve written a couple of blogs about NAPLAN, student motivation, student stress and why the online version of the standardized test is better than the pen and paper version. That wasn’t really the thrust of the front page quote though. Chupa Chups.… Continue reading Chupa Chups
With our students completing NAPLAN online for the second year I found myself defending the online test format in various Twitter pile-ons. The anti NAPLAN knives were out in earnest when some schools faced technical difficulties with the online writing test. Luckily our school had few technical issues. One criticism of the online test format… Continue reading Can students type faster than they can write?
Improving students writing has been a priority for our school for a number years. Our success has been mixed. Recently I had the pleasure of working with Sarah, one of our English Coordinators with a Year 7 group where we experimented with an online computer scored essay program to improve our students’ persuasive writing. We… Continue reading How to improve student writing by 68% in one lesson or Gaming the NAPLAN writing algorithm