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Swearing?

One of my former work colleagues posed the question “If you do swear, why do you swear?” My answers included: Explicitly for impact Explicitly for special effects Implied to see if students are paying attention Express empathy Spontaneous response to … Continue reading

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Hive learning

I was introduced to the term “hive” this week, in the context of solving a business problem by consulting the “hive wisdom”. I think the terms “hive thinking” and “hive learning” make sense in a classroom and I decided to … Continue reading

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Smart Watches in class

Most classes I take now have 2-3 students with a smart watch. I ask students to put their phones away, into their pockets or bags. Not so sure how they put away their smart watches.  I assume these are required to … Continue reading

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Maybe laptops in class is not such a good idea?

“Research shows students who used laptops in the class received poorer grades.” Perhaps the pendulum has swung too far… I have already initiated the use of notepad and pencil for note taking as I have found student notes on Google … Continue reading

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Datacom hosts Level 2 Programming course

I spent part of the school holidays at Datacom, Wellington, teaching teachers how to teach Level 2 programming using Python (both technical and pedagogical aspects). As a follow on to the course, participants have access to technical support, advice and moderation (at … Continue reading

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Now I know how students must feel sometimes…

I just completed a training course. The material was potentially interesting and valuable, and the instructor certainly knowledgeable. Unfortunately the speed of delivery was too fast for me, the assumed prior knowledge was too detailed and the focus was on … Continue reading

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Teachers and parents, or teachers as parents

A few times in recent months I and other teachers have been asked by caregivers to help with modification of students behaviour at home. I am not convinced this is part of the job but human nature being what it … Continue reading

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