How DO you plan your classroom?

How DO you plan your classroom?

Is it heresy to not begin planning with the curriculum, specifically state mandated? I run a student-centered classroom, so the curriculum is never my starting point! Here’s my 5-step classroom planning process I use to put my students front and centre of their learning.

The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

I love that scene in Kung Fu Panda. It is the end of the movie, the team, including Po, have just defeated Tai Lung the fearsome snow leopard. Po is about to leave the village when his adoptive father, Mr.…

When not all students learn

When not all students learn

Did you ever have a time when differentiating your classroom didn’t work? Yes, it happens. Sometimes there are times when it appears that ‘differentiation failed’. I want to share you my story. A tale about two young lads. Now, I…

45 Years

45 Years

The Arrival. 45 years ago I landed as an non-English speaking immigrant in Australia. I wish my teacher had had access to the Teaching learning cycle to support my learning in the classroom. The It is very useful in supporting the learning of NESB students either as a group or within the context of mainstream instruction.

All about Assessment Rubrics

All about Assessment Rubrics

Are you a rubric borrower? Do you hate having to craft rubrics from scratch? Here I discuss the importance of writing good rubrics, then help you by showing you where to go next and learn how to do it well! Become the expert in your school and stop the ‘borrowing’ trend.

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Prosopagnosia is a neurological disorder characterized by the inability to recognize faces, often referred to as face blindness. But is there a similar category for those who have an inability to remember students names? Other than just suffering from a…

Accredited Online PD for Teachers!

Accredited Online PD for Teachers!

Classroom Planning for Inclusion Supporting the learning needs of ALL students in your classroom Each day as teachers we are faced with students who need additional help. We’ve all been there, right? The student who was diagnosed with ADHD, the…