Read Time: 1 min 30. Here is one that I got out of a documentary called “Chasing Perfection” which explores what it takes to be an elite athlete. Michael Johnson the champion 200m and 400m runner was interviewing Sir Dave Brailsford who helped Great Britain Cycling win 8 Gold medals at both the 2008 and […]Read More Progression, not Perfection
Louise Phillips Reference Article: The Reading Gap – Alex Quigley I thought this was a particularly pertinent article for this time of the year when we are in the process of grade 6 to 7 transition and looking at vocab. The article attached makes a lot of sense; that we focus heavily on the “fitting in” […]Read More Reading to Learn
Read Time 1min50 For anyone who can play a musical instrument at any level, (Joel Mclean – drums, Josie Harris – Clarinet, Iain Stewart – Harmonica, Alex Pederick-Keyboard, Richelle Hollis – Piano, Andrew Kerr – Guitar, Craig Kelly-Guitar Hero PS2) we know that practice is the key. Although time on the instrument is important for […]Read More What Michael Jordan says about practice
Learning by teaching is extremely effective as a learning strategy but do we do enough of it? After completing a peer teaching session, I thought I’d reflect on why it worked so well. The research says that learning is enhanced through the act of teaching others; that students who spend time teaching what they’ve learned […]Read More Teach to Teach
Most of us have been working with rubrics to some extent whether through assessing student work, working in teams to create them for KATs, student self-assessments or using them as a teaching and differentiation tool. An effective strategy to help progress students through the developmental levels of a rubric column can be to isolate a […]Read More Teach in the Box
“The best way to write a song… Is to write a song” Charles Jenkins I was at the Bendigo Writer’s Festival with a group of students a number of years ago and received one of the best pieces of advice from songwriter Charles Jenkins. That is, “the best way to write a song… is to […]Read More The best way to create a rubric is..
Lou Phillips Many of us over the years have been uncomfortable with ideas of team teaching, peer observation, open space teaching – situations where our skills (and ourselves) are “on show”. Many teachers are quite happy teaching in insulated spaces protected from perceived judgement and analysis. As one of these teachers previously, it was about […]Read More Open Your Doors