Dealing With Disappointment

I failed. I was sad. Disappointed. I blamed myself. ‘It’s my fault’, I told myself. You should have tried harder. These were my emotions when I found out that some of my students had not passed their English exam. I was gutted and it was all my fault. I’m sure many educators feel this way… Continue reading Dealing With Disappointment

10 Things I’ve Learned from Reading Hattie’s Visible Learning for Teachers

As a teacher of 9 years’ experience, I felt I was not as accomplished as I would have liked, and was looking for a good book to support my personal professional development. I first came across Hattie’s Visible Learning for Teachers around three years ago in an academic reading group set up by a senior… Continue reading 10 Things I’ve Learned from Reading Hattie’s Visible Learning for Teachers

The Necessity of Cultivating the Moral and Spiritual Character of Those We Teach

One Sunday morning, during a conversation with my 6 years old daughter on the topic of spirituality, she quoted a Bible verse: ‘Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and might. Deuteronomy 6:5’.   As a parent, though surprised, hearing her words filled me with a sense of peace – a peace derived… Continue reading The Necessity of Cultivating the Moral and Spiritual Character of Those We Teach

Reducing Cognitive Load

Recently I’ve become quite interested in the significance of cognitive load for learners and teachers.   So what is cognitive load? In simple terms, ‘cognitive load refers to the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory.’ (Wikipedia) All new learning requires use of our working memory, but unlike our long term… Continue reading Reducing Cognitive Load

Novice to Expert

Have you ever wondered how some people make things look so easy?   Recently, I was teaching a group of Year 10 students and whilst modelling the process of annotating an extract from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the students remarked ‘Sir, you make it look so easy.’ I’ll assume that part of what… Continue reading Novice to Expert

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