So where to begin with STEM?

It is evident that our world is changing and so is our educational system. So I felt it was time to dive in the unknown and look into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). These are exciting times, without a doubt. But for a high school student looking to the stars, where to begin?  What kind … Continue reading So where to begin with STEM?

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Ditch homework and flip your students out!

Ditching homework was not just the best thing for my pupils but also for me. No longer do I have to listen to the whining and whinging of students going out the door at the end of the period with comments "Sir, you have just ruined my night", "Sir, I don't really understand what I … Continue reading Ditch homework and flip your students out!

Facebook – Keeping your students engaged

So Facebook has just gone past 1.8 billion active users. Pretty much everyone we know uses or checks out Facebook on a daily basis. It would seem that Facebook has infiltrated everyday life. There is also a lot of criticism levelled at social media, especially on how distracting platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat can be. … Continue reading Facebook – Keeping your students engaged

Leading Learning and Teaching (Stephen Dinham) Summary

PART A - Research evidence on teaching and learning CHAPTER 1 -  What difference do schools make to student achievement? This chapter provided the foundation and context of this book. More than 50 years ago, students’ intelligence was predicted by their cultural, heredity, environment and socioeconomic status. The only acceptation was the student who came … Continue reading Leading Learning and Teaching (Stephen Dinham) Summary

Hattie’s Greatest Effect size: Self Reported Grades / Student Expectations – How we can apply it in the classroom.

Number 1 – Self-Reported Grades/Student Expectations (effect size = 1.44) Self - Reported grades or Student Expectations (which Hattie would like to call it now) comes out on top of all influences. Basically, before the students attempt the test, you ask them to predict what grade they are going to get. John Hattie explains that kids … Continue reading Hattie’s Greatest Effect size: Self Reported Grades / Student Expectations – How we can apply it in the classroom.