Differentiation · Education · Teaching

Differentiation: The high wire act of teaching.

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.

Classroom Managment · Education · School Leadership and Improvement

Why duplicating Michaela in Australia will be difficult.

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.

Assessment · Education

No more marking: Tinder for grading essays

No More Marking. Has there ever been a more enticing name for a piece of education software? No More Marking comparative judgement software has been championed by Daisy Christodoulou. Her writing on Education Myths and Assessment are well known. Her critiques of the adverb soup that we create when we develop rubrics and criteria sheets or use… Continue reading No more marking: Tinder for grading essays

Assessment · Education · Teaching

Get in the zone: but know which one you are in.

This TED talk, although not specifically about classroom teaching gives a great insight into the difference between formative and summative assessment. We need to get these two zones into our collective vocabulary. Both staff and students need to be clear on the distinction between the Learning Zone and the Performance Zone. The key idea here… Continue reading Get in the zone: but know which one you are in.

Education · ICT · Teaching

Classcraft Review and the search for the GUSITS

Teachers should try something new every term. With the plethora of IT related products out there in the education industry now, this is not a difficult proposition. This term I have been trying Classcraft. Classcraft is a game that helps you establish and reinforce a positive classroom environment. You sign up your class. The students log in… Continue reading Classcraft Review and the search for the GUSITS

Education · Growth Mindset

Does having a Growth Mindset correlate with higher academic achievement?

It appears not. We measured the “Growth Mindset” of 218 students using the following questions. I would like to thank Panorama Student Surveys for publishing their measures of Social-Emotional Learning survey and allowing schools to use the questions. The correlation between the “Academic Achievement” and other student data sets at our school are shown. As you can… Continue reading Does having a Growth Mindset correlate with higher academic achievement?