Archive for the ‘Learning’ Category

7 Tips to Begin Increasing Learner Agency

Published on Friday, July 1st, 2022

7 Tips to Begin Increasing Learner Agency

So you  want to provide more agency for your learners? A great idea.  Increasing agency develops self-managing learners, increases engagement, and gives you more time to teach. Whether it is the start of the year or part way through, the below 7 tips will have you making a positive start to increasing agency in your […]

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The Extra Benefits of Study

Published on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

How Study improves your Executive Functioning

Study is the process of learning what you need to know to pass a test or an exam. Passing the test or exam is a way to get the qualification you require to move forward in your goals and journey. Often the information learned is forgotten the next day or week as the learning focus […]

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Differentiation – supporting students as individuals and valuing student voice.

Published on Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Differentiation

Differentiation means tailoring the teaching and learning to meet individual student needs. It is the ability to modify and adapt within your classroom in several main areas. These include the content, process, products and the environment, as well as assessment and flexible grouping. Teachers in many countries I visit and work with are not as fortunate […]

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The Process of Genius Hour

Published on Monday, April 4th, 2022

Project-based learning through Genius Hour provides a structure to help students succeed. There are three main components to Genius Hour. Research: Students must research something. Students cannot spend time going over the information they already know. The key is learning and as a bi-product of this, learning and refining research skills. Create: Students have to […]

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Developing a Learning Culture

Published on Saturday, August 14th, 2021

Do you have a learning culture in your classroom and school? This might seem to be a pointless question, schools are for learning. That’s what students go there for. Learning is what happens in a school. Isn’t it? Ponder this: Do your students arrive to class learning ready? Do they have note-taking tools ready? Are […]

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Ditch self-esteem and focus on self-control

Published on Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Anyone growing up in the eighties (and beyond) will have grown up in the self-esteem era. In the 1980s, psychologists showed that high self-esteem equated to high grades at school and students with lower self-esteem tended […]

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Language is the key to great thinking

Published on Friday, February 12th, 2021

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” Lao Tzu I love questions that send my thinking in circles. One such dilemma is the question: Which happens first […]

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Self-Directed Learning

Published on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

There is growing talk in education circles about empowering students to be self-directed in their learning. Whilst there is much talk, the actual implementation of this takes years of scaffolding and planning, as well as a true understanding and change in the role of the teacher within the learning environment. This, of course, is an […]

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Taking Responsible Risks – a key to new learning

Published on Monday, October 12th, 2020

Being able to take a risk is central to being able to be a learner in a classroom. Learning requires students to move from their comfort zone, the known, into the growth zone or the unknown. Yet for many this can be a scary prospect. In their extensive research, Prof. Art Costa and Dr Bena […]

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Metacognition – thinking about your thinking

Published on Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Being aware of your own thoughts, strategies, feelings and actions and their effects on others is what metacognition is about. It’s about knowing what you know and don’t know. The ability to take the balcony view, to look down upon yourself and reflect on your behaviour, ask internal questions and develop mental maps and plans […]

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