background preloader


Facebook Twitter

An "Ah-Ha" Moment with Spaced Practice in the Classroom. I’m sometimes asked by other teachers how I show my students the positive effects of spaced practice.

An "Ah-Ha" Moment with Spaced Practice in the Classroom

By definition, it takes time to see the results of spacing out your practice of material and this fact makes it more difficult to demonstrate in class. This past week, however, I was granted that perfect moment of instruction when it all came together and I was able to say, “See…I told you this stuff works.” Please allow me to set the scene. We began class one day this week by completing a ‘Last Lesson, Last Week, Last Month’ review. Here it is: Pretty simple.

Interesting. Why did they do the best on information covered a month ago? The answer, I believe, is spaced practice. But, why did my students remember the material in ‘last week’ the worst? Being able to point this out to my students was quite powerful, I believe. The next step? The importance of being ‘Creative Commons’ Find Similar Articles in: AITSL, australian curriculum, English Teaching with ICT, Internet education, national professional standards, research I’ve been working with my students at Flinders on the ICT General Capability for ICT this week. We’ve mostly been focusing on the one organising element of “Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT“. We’ve been trying to break down what that means, how that might add or grow the content of our lessons and perhaps make us think carefully about some of the ways we, ourselves behave when using the amazing flood of images, video and text available to us on the net. Those of you who have attended any of my Professional Development over the last few months will know that I’ve been on a mission to share the Creative Commons message with as many of you as possible.

In fact I’ve been suggesting to school teachers and leaders that it is time that we changed our default search engine to School Handbook_0.pdf. Where to start when working with “digital natives” … Do you waste learning time. Login. 99 slides to get you started. Sir Ken Robinson on How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. The Places We Can Go. I was totally moved by this story shared on Imgur the other day: I graduated High School this week.

The Places We Can Go

When my Dad said he had a present for me I thought I was getting some cheesy graduation card. But what I received was something truly priceless. Following the ceremony he handed me a bag with a copy of “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Doctor Seuss inside. At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book. I was so moved by this story (as many were) and as always, thought about it in the context of our schools.

Last year, I saw the “Dear Sophie” commercial from Google Chrome, and I still get goosebumps every time I watch it. For the dad in that video, he saw the long term vision that sharing and archiving his child growing up would be something that would be extremely powerful for his own child.


The 10 Things I Know About Innovation In Education. I write this while sitting at a marvelous presentation all about creativity at the 2012 CALI Conference . The presentation is all about encouraging you to creatively approach problems, recognizing when there’s a solution, and how to basically be at your best. Which got me thinking about the current structure of education. It’s currently seeing an insanely fast evolution in terms of technology. But all that evolved technology is being shoe-horned into a very old model. So you could have the best cutting-edge Web 2.0 apps, iPads out the wazoo, but still have a school with no wi-fi or even Internet connectivity. The Current State Of Innovation In Education.


MATHS INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD APPLICATIONS. Literacy. 21st century learning. Animation - The National Professional Standards for Teachers. Thinkerstoolbox - Habits of Mind. Thoughtful Teachers Handbook. Why do you teach the way you do?

Thoughtful Teachers Handbook

I recall a mentor of mine telling me once that the biggest change in education in her 40 years of teaching was the arrangement of tables. Children use to sit in rows, now they sit in groups. They are still doing exactly the same things as before, but now they do them sitting next to other students rather than on their own. Perhaps that's a little synical, but there's more than a grain of truth to it. Many teachers teach they way they were taught. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. A problem only occurs when we do things just because that's the way the've always been done, without questioning to see if the reasons for doing them are still valid. Every teacher carries in their own mind a Teachers Handbook. Many of these default approaches haven't been questioned for a long time. In 1999, I listened to John Edwards recite the poem below - The Things we Steal from Children. Resources Box - home.