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NAPLAN: The Assessment that needs Assessing

NAPLAN has been back in the headlines again recently (although, when is it every really OUT of the headlines?): this time in response to a senate inquiry investigating concerns NAPLAN is damaging to student and teacher wellbeing and creating a … 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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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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Back to blogging

The trouble with doing a research degree at uni is that you don’t really conform to the normal uni breaks. Consequently, I either have breaks by ‘accident’ (when I realise after a day, or two… or a week, or two… … Continue reading

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Being a ‘good teacher’ not a sufficient reason to remain in teaching

Recently I’ve been wrangling with the notion of whether I should remain in teaching. I went through this process last year, although for different reasons. At the end of 2012 I was finishing up my second year of full-time teaching. … 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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Maths and English: not so different

The other week I was sitting in the lunch room on my first day of casual teaching at a new school. There are only two Catholic high schools in Lismore, so it was somewhat inevitable that I ran into a … Continue reading

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You have to own your own behaviour

As a teacher it’s very easy to fall into the trap of being a ‘control freak.’ Relishing centre stage at the front of the classroom, poised at the (interactive) whiteboard, 25 (or more, or less) attentive sets of eyes on … Continue reading

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One of my favourite questions

Many of my posts lately have focussed on the importance of metacognition, self-reflection and self-efficacy in education. Whilst I come from the position of being a mathematics teacher, I believe that many of the principles can be applied across KLAs … Continue reading

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