Parental Characteristics that Facilitate Student Academic Success

We know teachers play a huge role in a child’s academic success, but parental influence is arguable greater. Here are a few parental characteristics, from the educational literature, that have significant impact on a student’s success. Emotional Support provided by the parents 1. The quality of care-giving being provided by parents together. This includes how […]

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Learning, Developing and Improving Skills

Here’s my attempt to provide a straightforward method to learn, develop and improve any skill, and it’s as simple as; Focus, Feedback, Fix, and Repeat. Focus Narrow down the aspect of skill that you need to improve. Focus on one part of this skill only, whether it’s your foot placement while kicking a conversion/penalty in rugby/soccer?, […]

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New thoughts on my learning mindset

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 […]

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Who owns your knowledge?

There exists a complex interplay between the information you assimilate and your previously acquired knowledge. So much so that the incoming knowledge is affected by prior experiences and existing information, while your existing thoughts and frameworks are affected by this new knowledge. This isn’t really a new idea. However, what if your learning focus is […]

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Positive learning habits with the Hook

Use habit forming techniques to push through your motivation dip and maintain consistent learning and practice. The Hook is a simple repetitive process designed to have an someone form a long-lasting habit. Currently used in marketing, as well as by casinos and video game designers, it aims to form addicted customers by encouraging involuntary consumer behaviours. Morally […]

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Digital prosumers

Prosumers take in multiple sources of information, analyse it and then produce a new body of work. They act simultaneously as producer and consumer of information. Digital natives today are prosumers; absorbing information in different media forms and meshing it together to create something new. What does this mean for educators? Research and analysis skills […]

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Teaching in a knowledge rich society

When teachers no longer are required to impart knowledge in society what role to they play? The teacher is first of all an expert learner and a professional. Someone that can structure learning, and the skills required for a field of expertise, in a way that can maximise group learning. The focus on knowledge transmission […]

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80-20 principle in training

The 80/20 principle explains that in our professional lives we spend 80% of our time carrying out 20% of our total set of responsibilities. So why not use this to design more cost-effective training strategies!? Provide novices with experiences and challenges based around mastering core responsibilities, while supplementing the training process with observation and directive […]

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Student as professional

Your interactions with your students help them determine if they want to pursue your subject beyond school. But they rarely understand what awaits them or is expected of them in college or the real-world. So how do you help them make an educated decision to pursue a a particular direction of study? Have them become […]

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