Resources · Teaching Strategies

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Learning intentions and success criteria have been a big focus for the staff at my school over the last few years and now that I have been incorporating them into my lessons, I can really see what all the fuss is about. Learning intentions are brief statements that explicitly describe what students should know, understand and… Continue reading Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Classroom · Practical Ideas · Teaching Strategies

10 Ways to Transform Your Teaching

I recently wrote an article for ACEL e-Publications about the importance of authentic learning. In the article, I discuss authentic learning being overused in many blog posts, tweets, articles and staff meetings; however, it is often presented very vaguely with little to no specific examples of what it actually looks like in a classroom. Therefore, in the article I go… Continue reading 10 Ways to Transform Your Teaching

Teaching · Teaching Strategies · Technology

Education Technology Hits and Hopes

Take a look at this great article in The Australian Teacher Magazine (@OzTeacherMag) about education technology hits and hopes that I was lucky enough to be a part of! Click here to download  the magazine on your iPhone or iPad (it’s free!). Also, be sure to follow Summer Howarth (@EduSum) on Twitter.

Creativity · Teaching Strategies

Inspiring Creativity in Our Students

Children are naturally curious, so where does it go as they grow older and what can we do, as teachers, to inspire it? Mathew Green wrote that classrooms and schools should be the most innovative, creative and, in many ways, ‘non-realistic’ places in our society. Click here to read more. This is a great YouTube… Continue reading Inspiring Creativity in Our Students

Student Learning · Teaching · Teaching Strategies

A Learning Journey

Every student has a learning journey, but who is in charge of that journey? When you think about a great teacher, what comes to mind? A teacher who cares, excites, motivates and inspires? What about a teacher who allows students to control their own learning? Generally speaking, as teachers, I think we tend to want… Continue reading A Learning Journey

Literacy · Resources · Teaching Strategies

Lighting the Literacy Fire!

On Thursday 8th August, I was lucky enough to attend a seminar conducted by Jill Eggleton. She was incredibly inspiring and spoke about lighting the literacy fire. In this blog post I hope to share some of the knowledge and ideas that were presented about shared reading and guided reading. Hopefully, you will feel as… Continue reading Lighting the Literacy Fire!

Teaching Strategies

Compliment Wall

I came across this great blog post about ‘student shout outs’. The post was about encouraging students to share positive statements or compliments in an anonymous way. It inspired me to create a compliment wall for my class. I provided the students with a card with a student name on the top. The students were… Continue reading Compliment Wall

Resources · Teaching · Teaching Strategies

Task Cards

Teachers Pay Teachers is such a great site! It allows teachers and educators to upload resources they have made and sell them to teachers. I have found so many great resources that I have been able to easily implement in my classroom. Rachel Lynette is one of the stores on TpT that I love. She has created fantastic… Continue reading Task Cards

Resources · Teaching · Teaching Strategies · Technology · Web 2.0 Applications

10 Useful Web 2.0 Tools

I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting web tools that have the possibility to be used in meaningful ways in the classroom. They do not only provide the opportunity for learning to be fun, but inspire students to show creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom. Here is a list of some great tools… Continue reading 10 Useful Web 2.0 Tools