Relationship building in teaching – an experience
Learned helplessness in the classroom – What teachers can do
I recently had a student challenge a classroom rule. It wasn’t a major classroom rule, and the student didn’t make a big deal of it. In fact he may not even have known he was doing it, but from my perspective I needed to reaffirm the rules to clarify the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. After […]
Thoughts on the Leaving Certificate Exams
I’m about 20 minutes into a class with 28 science students. We’re investigating electric circuits and how current, voltage and resistance influence each other and I’ve done a bit of theory in the class already, explaining the what happens with an animation and an analogy and a little bit of drilling (the voltage pushes the current, the current […]
New thoughts on my learning mindset
“Teaching for the exams” has long been considered a dirty phrase in teaching. I believe it’s time to re-assess this, in a balanced way. Before my words are misrepresented, I believe in the importance of teaching subject content, skills, attitudes and behaviours that facilitate student learning and growth. In my subject, learning appropriate skills, attitudes and […]
Teaching as a bricoleur
I’ve been mulling over the idea of the growth mindset these past few days and its implication to my learning, so I thought I’d share some new understandings. For those unfamiliar with the growth mindset idea, it is a personal view that intelligence is not fixed. Instead it can be developed over time by being exposed […]
Homework and The Hook
My development as a teacher has been led by a process of bricolage. Not that I knew it!
Using the Goldilocks Principle to understand teachers
Still encouraging students to complete their homework using behaviourism? I switched to The Hook a couple of years ago and started having far fewer discipline issues.
Mind shifting feedback
Goldilocks tried the first bowl of porridge and found it too hard bland. She tried the second bowl and found it too salty. When Goldilocks tried the third she found it just right.
Good feedback is priceless, but what you do with the feedback you receive is far more valuable.