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We’ve planted some seeds and are now seeing some serious shoots growing. This is the 3rd post in my series documenting my high school’s two-year project to make the significant shift from subject silos to an integrated learning programme.  The sewing of those ‘seeds’ are covered in Part One and Part Two. In this post, […]
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We’re underway! This is the second in a monthly series I’m writing to document my high school’s significant shift in how we approach learning at school. In Part 1, I covered the rationale, groundwork, and first steps we took to start the conversation and to involve people in reshaping the school day. During the last […]
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Me: “What do you remember from last week’s lessons?” 15 year-old student: “eer … not sure … that was a LONG time ago!” I interviewed students this week who are on what my school calls our “Priority list.” The reasons you might be ‘listed’ vary from academic success to language barriers, to national targets around […]
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Like many lessons from history, it takes cross-disciplinary thinking and rule breaking to solve new problems for a new world. As someone who is hoping to change schools to better prepare children for the way the world is and not was, I’m always on a look out for analogies that might make a few more […]
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THE BANKER: “As educators, we need to think beyond degrees and certificates. As governments, we need to take advantage of the world of instant information to harness the coming skills revolution.  – Dave McKay, President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada THE GOVERNMENT: “Our population has become increasingly diverse, technologies are more sophisticated, and the demands of […]
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If teaching is hard work then let’s do what’s necessary to make school better for all. Proposal: Changing your high school structures to match the thinking of Finland, New Zealand, Ken Robinson, and many others will halve your class sizes and stress levels. The system we know creates the workload Most high schools timetable their […]
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Your school may have implemented many new initiatives during the last decade. Your students might now be using mobile digital devices or doing project-based learning for part of the week, but it really is time to think big. Researchers, governments, and tens of thousands of teachers are now aware that numerous pressures are encouraging a […]
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“Knowing is not doing” –Dr. Shimi Kang Question 1: Would you like a Big Mac or Bean & avocado salad? I teach teenagers and you’d probably guess successfully which is the more common answer my students give to this simple choice. Question 2: Which is better for your body and brain? I can confirm from […]
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At 8:30am in the morning, I was helping to lead a school full of very passionate teachers concerned about the successful completion of thousands of lessons that were about to take place. We were about to ring the bell and start our timetable. Students were rushing to the tuck-shop for last minute breakfast, teachers were […]
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In New Zealand, the new Labour government and it’s education secretary, Chris Hipkins, are reviewing significant elements in the education system and promising an overhaul. This has excited both conservative and liberal reformers and I thought I’d look at the debate through a review of two recent papers, one from each reform camp. Paper 1: SPOILED […]
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