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From the Sandpit…

Musings on all things education by an ex-pat teaching in Dubai, passionate about professional learning, teaching English, evidence informed practice and collaboration :)

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FIVE ways to break the ice with your new class!

1) WOULD YOU RATHER?

This game can be played with or without dice, students land on a square and then have to Continue reading “FIVE ways to break the ice with your new class!”

I wanna see you Swivl it, just a little bit…

Recently our Director of technology at DESC introduced me to the Siwvl robot, an ingenious Continue reading “I wanna see you Swivl it, just a little bit…”

Strategies for a THINKING classroom

In a thinking classroom, the development of enquiry, reflection and critical thinking skills is the Continue reading “Strategies for a THINKING classroom”

Willy Wonka and the DESC Factor: Being THANKFUL!

X factor

noun

1. a noteworthy special talent or quality.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!  Continue reading “Willy Wonka and the DESC Factor: Being THANKFUL!”

SEVEN ways to use FOUR to GROW!

Teaching like it’s 2099! 4 to Grow: Technology

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“If there’s one thing that educators need to understand, it’s that you can neither understand nor solve problems just within the context and bright lines of subject content. Learning to be an innovator is about learning to cross disciplinary boundaries and exploring problems and their solutions from multiple perspectives.”

Director of Talent at Google inc

Continue reading “Teaching like it’s 2099! 4 to Grow: Technology”

Context is king….

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading” David Bailey

Twitter has been in a sharing mood of late and as I’ve taken, thought it would be a nice idea to give a little something back. Hence I am sharing the knowledge organisers I have made for our English Department in preparation for next academic year.

Continue reading “Context is king….”

DESC DESCRIPTIVE DELIGHTS!

Found my ‘’MUST HAVE” IPad app recently “Explain Everything”, an easy-to-use design, screen casting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export your presentations to almost anywhere. Continue reading “DESC DESCRIPTIVE DELIGHTS!”

Back at the chalkface: What’s working!

Reflection Section

Nearly two weeks in to teaching at my new school, finally beginning to find my feet and learning a great deal by ‘having a go’ at trialling a variety of teaching and learning strategies from my repertoire, to find out what works best with my new junior Historians and English all-stars. Continue reading “Back at the chalkface: What’s working!”

Make it stick: Learning better and remembering longer..

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