Category Archives: Jina

Thank you, Dear Teacher …

Dear Teacher, Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. For considering who I am. Where I come from and why I seek attention. Thank you for giving me the extra time I need to think before … Continue reading

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Documenting small group learning

Selecting children to be part of a withdrawal maths group was a process. As a rule, I am not in favour of withdrawing children to “support” or “enhance” their learning. However, sometimes, rules need to be broken. The group of … Continue reading

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Shifting from teacher to learner …

Extracting “big ideas” is the key – how can we apply what we learn to other things? I spent a week out of my teaching role, in the role of the student learner for a week. Much of what I … Continue reading

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New maths assessment required

Formal assessment for the sake of collecting data makes no sense to me. I am opposed to anything that is the cause of unnecessary stress and anxiety to learners; generates extra work for teachers and does nothing to inform learning … Continue reading

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At a recent IB Conference, Jayne Pletser leaves me with these profound words, “Honour the child”. Which leads me to ponder, what, at the end of the lesson/ day/ week/ term/ school year do we do to honour the child? … Continue reading

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What makes an inquiry class different from all others?

Sometimes, I need a reminder. What is it that sets an inquiry learning environment apart from all others? Provocation is crucial. Invitations are shared at the start of lessons – something to make everyone think. Sometimes the link is obvious. … Continue reading

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#Innovator’s Mindset

I share this video with a group of Year 6 learners, who are planning their own student-led workshops for our #Passionsmatter Conference – a conference for students, by students.   After watching, the students share their “big takeaway” from the video. … Continue reading

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