Newton’s First Law

“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force”(That pretty much sums up my view on teaching – every now and then we need some unbalancing to shift us out of our inertia as … Read more Newton’s First Law

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All in a days work – Games and the Bee Gees

I enjoyed my work today. I had two lessons where I did something a little bit unconventional and the kids and I had fun. I even had a few “thank you sir” as students left the room. I ended the week on a buzz and it gave me confidence to take a few more chances … Read more All in a days work – Games and the Bee Gees

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What’s in my tool kit? (2016 edition)

Wow – two posts in less than a week! I want to go back to the original purpose of this space – to share what I do, and the tools that I use to hopefully make my teaching engaging and meaningful for the kids, and fun for me as well. I mean, if you’re not … Read more What’s in my tool kit? (2016 edition)

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Well I didn’t expect that

Today used Kahoot as a quiz to wrap up a First Aid unit I was running with Year 9 PASS (Physical Activity and Sport Studies). I’ve used Kahoot before with classes, but purely as a summative exercise at the end of something to test what they’ve learned, in a fun, gamey and engaging way. And it … Read more Well I didn’t expect that

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Skills and Tactics – from paper to practice

I’m working on a Year 10 PASS theory unit on Improving Performance. One of the topics we cover is using skills and tactics as a way to improve individual and team performance. In planning the learning for this, I wanted to made the learning real and visible, not just theoretical and abstract. I came up … Read more Skills and Tactics – from paper to practice

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Building Bridges

I’ve always been intrigued by the use of games in learning. I think I’ve always framed this, though, as a teacher and a non hard core gamer. I’ve played games that range from card games to console games to online games and always ended up rage quitting or bored. But on reflection there were things … Read more Building Bridges

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Gaming linked to learning authenticity

In the near future, my family and I will be going on a trip to Italy. During our conversations about what we would like to do and see there, my eldest son had a request about our visit to Florence. He began to rattle off names of landmarks and historical figures associated with Florence and … Read more Gaming linked to learning authenticity

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