Category Archives: Critical Thinking

A Sketch a Day in May

I first came across this idea through Twitter. I follow a Geography teacher in Auckland, New Zealand called Steve Mouldey. To quote from Steve’s blog the idea for this was “inspired by Austin Kleon‘s Show Your Work“.

I thought taking part would encourage some reflective practice on my part. The idea is to post a sketch a day using the hashtag #edsketch15 for the month of May. The sketch can be about something you have been reading, thinking about, trying out, observing, questioning, exploring, reflecting on or working on that day.

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You Say It Everyday Anyway

A video from Ben & Jerry’s. Give someone a chance to love who they love.

Make a YES really count !!

Who designs your mental environment?

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A stimulus for a class discussion.

Teaching Summary Writing

This is a strategy I’ve used for teaching summarising. Once students can reduce the information down to the yellow section let them tweet it.

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PLICKERS – The Ultimate Assessment Tool

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No more Promethean Planet ActiVotes and multiple packets of batteries, now you can simply print voting devices on paper for free (well apart from the price of the ink & paper). Use PLICKERS for quick checks of student understanding.

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Appropriate Language

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Silence is Acceptance

At a recent assembly, a young man from 5th class recited this poem from memory. When he was finished what was a powerfully moving recital he led a discussion between both sets of 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Completely led by this young man a discussion took place between approximately 170 students around the use of appropriate language.
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Inside Education Interview

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I was recently interviewed by Seán Delaney for Inside Education: a programme that gives an Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education

Click here to listen to the podcast:

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/pejmz-54727d/initByJs/1/auto/1

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One Element of Internet Safety

2015-03-08_1405Came across a website recently called HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD and was delighted to find that it would take a desktop PC about 4 thousand years to crack my password (long past my sell by date). However I personally can honestly put that down to having a friend who taught me about the importance of passwords. You should go now and check your password but be sure to come back and read the rest of this post 🙂
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