Three science geeks walked into a lab …

Philosophy
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and discussed Avogadro’s number, trains approaching the speed of light, the Mpemba effect, should you walk or run in the rain, multi-dimensional worlds, throwing ping pong balls at trains, electric cars, and should you pour the milk into coffee straight away or wait. We also poured acetone and turpentine on foam, set fire to methylated […]

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Chaotic Classes

Classroom Management
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I taught a chaotic class this morning. There were teenagers everywhere, laptops, chemicals, singing, maths game websites, shouting at each other, quite a bit of swearing. I’m fairly certain there was no actual hitting, and though the walking may have been fast I don’t think it could really be classified as running. If only because […]

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Tools for Teachers on Twitter

Teaching
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This is the second of my expansions on the theme of why teachers need to be on Social Media. In the first post I talked about creating a professional learning network (PLN), your own personal staffroom table to chat around. One of the ways you can use your PLN is to find good resources. The […]

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iPad app Review: Neon Image Search and Fancy Pages

Technology
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As I start playing with the newer technology in the classroom I’ll review it so other teachers can see how I’m using it and how it went. I’m a bit of a believer in diving in and seeing what happens! This is an unsponsored post, in other words I found the apps and bought them […]

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Classes in the Park

Philosophy
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We have a local park in the middle of town that has a barbecue and shelters and is a very popular meeting place. Our school is having regular classes in the park to get more community interaction. We have different classes demonstrating things that families can watch or be involved in, school leaders are there […]

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Do we need to teach reading?

Teaching
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It may sound like a drastic question but we are, or should be, in the middle of an education revolution. As we are changing from a world based on industry to one based on information, our entire educational system should be questioned and examined, not continued out of habit. We had our collaborative planning time […]

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Creating a PLN, aka Getting on to Twitter and Blogs

Technology
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So much for last week, life sort of got in the way. I’m going to do a series where I break down my original list of reasons Territory teachers need to use social media and talk about them all individually, so I’ll start at the very beginning. It lets you form a Professional Learning Network, […]

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Notes on Nonsense.

Tools
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One of the constant problems is to do worthwhile activities that will actually help kids remember and understand. I know that sounds vague, what I’m thinking about here is taking notes. It is, frankly, nonsensical. The Problem Kids need a copy of the information to (hopefully) refer back to. Copying notes off the board or […]

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13 Reasons Territory Teachers Need to Use Social Media

Technology
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For Teachers: Twitter lets you form a professional learning network (PLN) by connecting with teachers all across the globe. With literally thousands to choose from, there are definitely some with the same interests or problems as you. You can not only find out about lots of tools but also have them reviewed by other teachers […]

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Graphic Outlines

Scaffolds
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Another scaffold today, this one a reading scaffold. Each subject area has its own way of presenting information – reading a science textbook is completely different to reading a novel. Reading in different areas is something that needs to be taught in those areas, not yet another thing the poor English teacher should be picking […]

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