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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Rewards and the Hook

Manufacture a habit to push through your motivation dip and encourage consistent learning and practice using the Hook. The Hook model is simple. It consists of four inter-related phases that need to be repeated to become solid; trigger, action, reward and investment. Remember, repetition is key to its successes. Rewarding your success There are many […]

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Action and the Hook

Manufacture a habit to push through your motivation dip and encourage consistent learning and practice using the Hook. The Hook model is simple. It consists of four inter-related phases that need to be repeated to become solid; trigger, action, reward and investment. Remember, repetition is key to its successes. All about actions Action is carried […]

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More on Triggers and the Hook

Manufacture a habit to push through your motivation dip and encourage consistent learning and practice using the Hook. The Hook model is simple. It consists of four inter-related phases that need to be repeated to become solid; trigger, action, reward and investment. Remember, repetition is key to its successes. Internal and external triggers Triggers cue […]

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Four ways to learn poorly from a mentor

Securing a mentor in your profession will provide you with a new way to explore experiences and situations in your job. It is this access to the problem-solving thought processes of an expert that will offer you an advantage in your learning experiences. Put simply, you NEED a mentor to learn deeply. If you don’t […]

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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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Guiding student development online

There is a generational gap in understanding how online environments relate to our world, our education and our development. Digital visitors, those that have come to use technology later in life, predominantly view the virtual world as a medium to communicate and as a tool to achieve a particular goal/outcome.

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Integrating technology into education

When I started teaching fifteen years ago, IT in the classroom was being promoted as education’s saviour. Smart boards were replacing blackboards and whiteboards, Powerpoints with multimedia were adding some much-needed flash to the classroom and notes could be handed out to students, rather than having them transcribe from the board. So, IT was changing […]

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