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Reflective writing for deeper learning

Reflecting is a way of learning. As students move into senior school and then college, they will find opportunities to think about their thinking and analyze it to make meaning as well as understand their own self better. Moreover, before we start to understand the behavior of others it is important to first understand oneself……. Continue Reading →

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Finding Images for Free

Plagiarism and copyright infringement are not new in the education world, but they entered my vocabulary somewhere in early 2000. A good four years after I started teaching in schools. Academic honesty till then remained limited to, students not copying from one another in tests. But slowly and strongly the idea of academic honesty broadened…… Continue Reading →

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Executive function and self-regulation

In simple terms executive function means, the ability for the brain to take steps to complete a complex task or goal, regulating thoughts, emotions, and actions to support the accomplishment of it. The set of skills that underlie in strengthening executive function of the brain are the capacity to plan ahead to meet goals, display…… Continue Reading →

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Attributing Images

Teachers and students frequently use images to enhance their presentations, academic writing or projects. There are many sites that can be explored for images. In fact the extraordinary quality and thoughtful creation that is available should be considered as a generous gift by the owner of the image to us. Many of these images are available…… Continue Reading →

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A small amount of creativity and a chance to learn documentation skill

The important thing in learning is connecting concepts with phenomena in daily life. The ability to reflect on your experiences, thinking, mental disposition helps in building metacognitive skill  or deeper thinking skills. The change in our environment and its impact on our thinking is worth documenting. This is a historic period we are living through…… Continue Reading →

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College Readiness-Creating a Personal Budget

One of the skills rarely taught in school is, budgeting. Yet all students as they graduate from the comfort of school and their home as they move to college,  will need to understand and plan their budget. More so, if you are going to be living away from home. With no real understanding of what…… Continue Reading →

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Using models of learning

Models don’t just give us a visual representation of the task , which in fact in itself is a good thing, but also a process that we can imitate to develop our skill and understanding. Each subject will have certain models that support students understanding in that discipline. How can then models help improve the…… Continue Reading →

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Feedback Ladder- Balance, Order and Harmony

Giving and receiving feedback is something that we encourage our students to practice as they engage in peer assessment. In fact, we give feedback to one another all the time informally. Therefore, learning how to feedback can enhance communication skill. Giving or receiving feedback is an art. Good art will always have Balance, Order, and…… Continue Reading →

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Evaluating sources

From experience I have noticed that most students are not able to transfer and use the knowledge and skill gained in one subject effortlessly into another subject. They tend to compartmentalize the subjects. This becomes more prominent when teachers do not collaboratively plan and execute their lessons leading to loss of opportunity for students to…… Continue Reading →

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Active listening skills

While in school, staff rooms, workshops, every where teachers talk about education, there is a growing understanding of active teaching and active learning. But both cannot happen if there is no active listening skill. People may hear but not necessarily listen. Hearing is the receiving of aural stimuli and listening is receiving and interpreting that…… Continue Reading →

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Information literacy- Critical Evaluation

One of the issues that I have often encountered in my students writing is their ability to critically evaluate text. Everything written as a news report or a published article may not necessarily be valuable or considered a great piece of writing. As most students are not clear about what critical evaluation is, one can…… Continue Reading →

Daily Sponge Activities

Sponge activities are great fillers and intentional activities, for that time in the class when you still have some minutes to spare or are at that juncture where you wish to capture the thoughts of the students to evaluate their learning. Sponge activities work brilliantly for reflection time and critical thinking. As teachers, depending on…… Continue Reading →

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Why facts don’t always change thinking- The Backfire Effect

Our experiences help us develop our own world view or beliefs. New experiences not only help us strengthen that same world view but also at times help us modify the existing. But seldom so. When an argument, rationale, information, data is given to us as evidence that contradicts our belief, we very often, instead of…… Continue Reading →

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How strong are my aspirations

Aspirations give us the motivation to do something. Aspirations come from our dreams and unmet drams can lead to frustrations. The question therefore is what are we doing to fulfill our dreams? Research suggests that our aspirations go through a U-phase. As we reach mid twenties our aspiration peak and sometime during our fifties it hits the…… Continue Reading →

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Digital Dilemma

Research indicates that cellphones cause distraction leading to stress and frustration as students loose valuable time. Humans tend to calculate or observe small shifts as manageable. Something that can be controlled or rectified when ever we want to. It is when a dramatic, unannounced (really?) gigantic shift occurs and kicks us in the stomach that…… Continue Reading →

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Storm in a Teacup

Yes, deadlines have a habit of creating that. The art of managing deadlines is prioritization. A skill students must be introduced to in school from the time (at least) they learn to pronounce it. Important and urgent. Essential Time allotment 5 % Important but not urgent. Necessity Time allotment 75% Urgent but not important. Distractions Time…… Continue Reading →

The Tribe: Talent, Skill and Knowledge

Knowledge you receive. It could come from anywhere and anyone. Be on the lookout. Knowledge can be gained and developed through personal and shared knowledge. Skill is developed with practice. It is teachable and can be learnt. You have to invest time, be intentional and gritty. Remember, the bottom line is, it can be learnt!…… Continue Reading →

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