Category Archives: Learning

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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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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Beautiful takeaways …

I shared this video with a group of children today. “Why do you think I am showing you this clip?” I ask. The answers included: “We need to share ideas.” “Kindness is important to all of us.” “We need to … Continue reading

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Maths – skills taught in isolation?

Our maths session begins before I walk into the room today. The children have spotted this image on my desk and are chatting about how to solve it. We don’t all get the same solution and spend some time trying … Continue reading

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Learning unconventionally …

I never thought that making slime was educational. Until recently. I have the privilege of working one-on-one with a nine year old young man, who finds learning – particularly maths – incredibly challenging. He often shrugs his shoulders and throws … Continue reading

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