Remote Learning ended for us on October 12th 2020. Students and staff had worked remotely for 8 weeks in Semester 1, then returned to onsite learning for 5 weeks and then did another 9 weeks remotely. Like a bad romance we put remote learning behind us and moved on. Unfortunately COVID does not seem to be… Continue reading Feedback from Remote Learning 2.0
Greg Ashman has written two blogs about differentiation recently. In “who killed Bambi” style he will be pilloried by education academics. Differentiation is a seen by most educators are a universal “good”. Differentiation is good. Not differentiating is bad. Effective differentiation is what sets an excellent teacher apart from a merely adequate teacher. Ashman has… Continue reading Differentiation: The high wire act of teaching.
The primary objective of schools is education, not wellbeing. Of course we can, and should do both, but to prioritize Wellbeing and Equity over Learning and Excellence is to misconstrue our core purpose.
With Melbourne schools looking likely to head back into lockdown I thought I would share our reflections of remote learning. To give some context we are a 7 to 12. school with over 1100 students. Our plan for remote learning was: All our students have a netbook so we could provide an online curriculum knowing… Continue reading Remote Learning 1.0
Originally posted on Drouin Secondary College:
Here is what your teachers are finding frustrating about teaching online via Webex. I’m finding it really hard to engage students at times verbally- they feel like they are talking to a brick wall- even when I cold call students. Really easy for kids to opt-out (turn their webcams…
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.