We are teachers: “How to help children build resilience.”

This is a great article with plenty of practical applications. Each of the eight suggestions come with an introduction and a brief description of ‘what you can do’ to apply the approach in the real world. The stand out for me is capture the opportunity: this one has a double application, where the teacher both praises […]

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Rosetta’s wrong water could be right after all – New Scientist

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630200.300-rosettas-wrong-water-could-be-right-after-all.html?full=true#.VUvKxYE_7qA Rosetta miasion analysis suggests, “Comet 67P’s water isn’t like Earth’s – it’s interstellar stuff, from the same mould as the pristine material that made the solar system.” This article offers a snapshot of current theories about where the Earth got its water, based increasingly on the ongoing missions to Ceres and 67P. The mystery […]

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The right question webinar

This morning I sat in on an excellent, concise webinar intro to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) by Lavada Berger, Deputy Director of The Right Question Institute. She was kind enough to run a second session when the first one filled up, which was generous at 8 pm New York time. The session walked us […]

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Share This With All the Schools, Please | Momastery

http://momastery.com/blog/2014/01/30/share-schools/ This is a great article about an inspiring teacher who uses “who would you like to sit next to?” surveys as a way of keeping track of student wellbeing and how classroom social structures change. I have used the approach a couple of times, and I have been consistently amazed by how insightful students can […]

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How an Early Medieval Historian Worked: Methodology and Sources in Bede’s Narrative of the Gregorian Mission to Kent

http://www.medievalists.net/2015/02/25/early-medieval-historian-worked-methodology-sources-bedes-narrative-gregorian-mission-kent/ Shaw’s attempt to reconstruct Bede’s sources is fascinating in its own right. This dissertation interrogates each statement in Bede’s account of the Gregorian mission to Kent, and extrapolates where the content originates. It’s valuable as an insight into how a medieval historian might have worked, but it’s even more interesting as a lense through […]

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How can we teach kids to question? ~ A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

http://amorebeautifulquestion.com/can-teach-kids-question/ Warren Berger provides a quick summary of the rightquestion.org question formulation method: Teachers design a “Question Focus.” This involves coming up with a premise or opening statement that can provide a focal point for generating questions from the students. (e.g., “Torture can be justified.”) Students produce questions. Within a time limit, students (usually broken […]

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50 fun call-and-response ideas to get students’ attention

http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2014/01/50-fun-call-and-response-ideas-to-get-students-attention.html There are plenty of ideas in this list that are US-specific for one reason or another, but there are also a stack that would work in an Australian context. The key to effective call and response must be, though, how got establish it with the class. The children need to understand the response you’re […]

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