We need web literacy for teachers not just students

  This talk from Alan November got me thinking further to a post that I wrote called: Avoiding “Just Google it!” with your students. One of the points in Alan’s talk refers to the need to explicitly teach web literacy skills to students in schools. Upon reflection, I too am short of some techniques in […]

Self-reflection, perhaps the most important component of teacher evaluation

A variety of teacher evaluation models and methods are used in schools around the world and teacher and school leader attitudes towards them differ considerably. From the teacher perspective, perhaps the greatest concern regarding teacher evaluation systems is their fairness. In some schools teacher evaluation comprises an extensive list of things that the teacher will, […]

It’s personal – the barriers to looking at evidence for school improvement

Leading school improvement is very challenging, especially creating the right culture that will support that improvement. Lots of conversations have to be had about what problems need to be addressed and how we should tackle them. Quite often problems focus on education practices that we are not doing in our schools or practices that we […]

Using assessment as a stick is not a tool to motivate students

Many years ago when I began learning my craft as a teacher, there were students that I struggled to motivate. Occasionally, I would use the assessment stick on particular students by saying, if you do not do this assessment task well, then you will put your chances of completing your High School Certificate at risk. […]

5 things I learned about Twitter chats for educators

I finally did it, having spent 18 months using Twitter regularly to support my professional learning, sharing ideas and resources with fellow educators, I participated in a Twitter chat. Having seen these chats advertised by some of the wonderful educators in my professional learning network, getting a sense of what they are and the possible […]

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