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Nigel Coutts

Between the sprint and the marathon - 1 views

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    The start of a new school year brings with it great excitement and just a little sense of panic and chaos. We have new students, new classes, new teachers and new challenges. We spend time getting to know each other and building trust. But what happens next sets the tone for the year and determines our ultimate success.
Nigel Coutts

Developing and Maintaining a Growth Mindset - The Learner's Way - 13 views

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    For educators, parents and learners Carol Dweck's research on the benefits of a Growth Mindset is naturally appealing. Those who have a growth mindset achieve better results than those who don't, are more resilient and accept challenge willingly. After two years of incorporating a growth mindset philosophy we are finding that the reality of shifting a student's disposition away from a fixed mindset and then maintaining a growth mindset is significantly more complex than at first imagined.
Nigel Coutts

Constructing a positive classroom culture - The Learner's Way - 12 views

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    How might we shape that culture and how will we understand the many forces at work? Understanding the culture of class or perhaps even a school is an important element of our teaching but realising the complexity of this task must come first.
Nigel Coutts

Revisiting Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants - 16 views

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    In 2001 Marc Prensky divided the world into two broad groups, Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. His idea struck a chord with popular culture and has become a dominant paradigm in education. Given the core concept remains a feature of educational dialogues it is worth re-visiting and seeing how the idea might evolve to better serve our needs and understandings of how people born after the internet, learn with and think about, technology.
Nigel Coutts

The new concrete materials for mathematics - The Learner's Way - 21 views

Paul Beaufait

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing - 11 views

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    This TeachThought post sports a table of templates, apparently copyright TeachBytes 2013, for citations in both APA and MLA styles.
Nigel Coutts

Education: Competition vs Collaboration - 21 views

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    In a time where much of the debate around education is linked to performance on national and international assessments such as PISA, TIMMS, PIRLS and in Australia, NAPLAN combined with calls for market-driven reforms there is a danger that a climate of competition between schools and systems will grow.
Nigel Coutts

Ten reasons to teach thinking - 36 views

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    The teaching of thinking is a critical endeavour for teachers and one that brings enhanced learning opportunities for students. Unfortunately thinking is not something that we naturally do well and as a consequence it is a skill we need to learn.
Isabelle Jones

My Languages: Motivating Tools for Reading and Writing in the EAL and MFL Classroom, Pr... - 16 views

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Nigel Coutts

Collaboration & Connectedness the Key to Quality Teaching - 24 views

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    Most teachers recognise the potential for collaboration between students and the importance of it as a component of a 21st Century education and yet many do not take full advantage of the opportunities they have for collaboration as teachers.
Maha Abdelmoneim

ClassTools.net - 8 views

Nigel Coutts

Ten ideas from Eye on the Future - 13 views

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    On Saturday I had the opportunity to join a group of very enthusiastic teachers to hear Alan November and Carl Jarvis speak at North Turramurra Primary School. That so many educators from across Sydney were keen to give up a Saturday is a testament to their desire to improve their teaching but also a measure of the respect these speakers garner.
Nigel Coutts

Making as Problem Based Learning - 18 views

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    Recently many of our Year Six students have been involved in projects that require them to utilise the brain of a maker. Facing challenges involving the exploration of how everyday objects are manufactured and while responding to their 'Genius Hour' ambitions they are facing a new set of problems and discovering the joy that comes from solving these with their hands as much as their brains.
Nigel Coutts

Suggested Readings to Inspire Teaching - 23 views

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    With the end of the year approaching and holidays looming for some now is the ideal time to share some suggestions for books and papers to read. A great book can provide the inspiration required to begin the new year positively and this list includes some of my favourites from 2015.
Nigel Coutts

What does intelligence look like? - 13 views

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    How might we define intelligence? What do we mean when we speak of intelligence and what evidence do we seek when we look for it? Is it a singular, fixed attribute determined at birth or does it vary across time and environment?
Nigel Coutts

Does Mathematics Education need a re-think? - 18 views

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    Once upon a time Mathematics was easy to teach. A typical lesson would begin with a direction towards a particular page of the text book and would conclude with the ceremonial marking of the answers. This process was repeated over and over, year after year and in the end students would be able to repeat the required method with a satisfactory degree of accuracy.
Nigel Coutts

Creating a Generation of Innovators - 14 views

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    Innovation is very much on the agenda in Australian and globally. The OECD publishes lists of nations most likely to succeed through innovation and nations seek to encourage increased innovation to maintain their competitive edge. The result of this in Australia is the recent launch of a new 'Innovation Australia' policy with wide reaching measures to encourage and foster a culture of innovation.
Nigel Coutts

Lessons Learned from Genius Hour - 11 views

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    After eight years of engaging our students with a Personal Passion Project during Term Four we shifted to a 'Genius Hour' model for 2015. In the end the results from the students were impressive but along the way some lessons were learned and we are looking forward to making some minor tweaks for 2016 that should further enhance the learning opportunities.
Nigel Coutts

Predictions for Education in 2016 - 16 views

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    The start of a new year brings the perfect opportunity to consider the time ahead and make some predictions for what might be the next big thing. With change as inevitable as taxes a new year is likely to see new ideas bubble to the fore and some old ways of doing things shift into the background.
Nigel Coutts

Revealing our Lifelong Learning - 15 views

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    Few would argue that life-long learning is a worthy goal with real benefits for our long term mental health and happiness. Engaging with new ideas, concepts and ways of doing things is the ideal strategy for a healthy mind and a disposition towards better understanding the world and challenging our entrenched beliefs.
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