Category Archives: Relection and Learning

Mastery or Performance: Which Way Are You Oriented?

The sort of goals an individual has determines why they participate in an activity.  Consider two students. Alfred wants to achieve well, he studies hard and is set on getting an A in mathematics. However, he is petrified of failing … Continue reading

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“Self-Regulated Learning:” Just Another Buzz Word?

Self-regulated learning (along with ‘life-long learning’) is one of those buzz words that I hear all the time but was never really sure what it meant. I stumbled, somehow, across some research relating to self-regulated learning (SRL) and quickly realised it was actually pretty relevant to my study, and that I should probably include some information about SRL in my dissertation. The purpose of today’s blog post is to explore SRL in a little detail in addition to outlining how to develop SRL and the benefits of SRL.

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Reflections on My Time Curating EduTweetOz

I was extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to host EduTweetOz Twitter account during the first school week for 2014. EduTweetOz provides an invaluable platform for collaboration amongst teachers, particularly those in rural/remote communities. Additionally, EduTweetOz facilitates teachers with … Continue reading

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Thinking about Metacognitating…but what is it, how do I do it, and why?

Metacognition is a key theme in my research and something I’m really interested in. I’ve recently spent some time revisiting the literature to strengthen my understanding of the topic, and it’s left me feeling really revitalised and reinvigorated about how … Continue reading

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The Case for Constructivism in Mathematics Cassrooms

I recently had some feedback on my post criticising Minster for Education Christopher Pyne (Pyne a Pain for Education in Australia).The comment suggested that many schools had taken the constructivist approach to teaching and learning too far, as a result, … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again: time to set some goals for 2014!

With PISA results released this week, and the academic year finishing up, I was thrust into a rather introspective mood. With much of the media reporting focusing on what teachers and education are doing wrong, I began to contemplate what … Continue reading

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What I learnt in my first three years of teaching: part 2

A few months ago I wrote an article about what I learned in my first two years of teaching. With many students completing their university studies and venturing out into the wide-world of job applications, registration, and casual teaching, I … Continue reading

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Apologies

Hi all, Apologies for the lack of posting of late, but a. I’ve been lacking inspiration b. I’ve been working more, and combining work will full-time study and training 15+ hours a weeks leaves little time for blogging c. I’ve … Continue reading

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Reflective questions in the classroom: what do the students think?

I posted a while ago about one of my favourite reflective questions to ask students at the end of class: “what is stopping you from meeting your potential in maths at the moment?” In my post I outlined some key … Continue reading

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No easy answers

Teachers tend to teach (initially anyway) in the manner in which we were taught. Direct instruction has traditionally typified mathematics teaching, although there has been a push towards constructivist approaches to teaching and learning over the last twenty years. However, … Continue reading

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