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Rachel Hinton

The Rhythms of the Semester: Implications for Practice - 32 views

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    "We recognize that in the march of the semester we begin on a different note than we end on. The early weeks hold promise and high hopes, both often curtailed when the first assignments are graded. The final weeks find us somewhere between being reluctant or relieved to see a class move on. There is an inexplicable but evident interaction between our teaching persona and the persona a class develops throughout a semester. Some structural factors influence both: among them-the type and level of a course, the discipline, the time of day, and whether the students are a cohort or a unique collection of individuals. "
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    I'm considering sharing these questions with my students as the semester progresses.
Rachel Hinton

Nine Ways to Improve Class Discussions - 138 views

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    "I once heard class discussions described as "transient instructional events." They pass through the class, the course, and the educational experiences of students with few lingering effects. Ideas are batted around, often with forced participation; students don't take notes; and then the discussion ends-it runs out of steam or the class runs out of time. If asked a few days later about the exchange, most students would be hard-pressed to remember anything beyond what they themselves might have said, if that. So this post offers some simple suggestions for increasing the impact of the discussions that occur in our courses."
Rachel Hinton

The First Day of Class: A Once-a-Semester Opportunity - 71 views

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    "There's only one first day of class. Here are some ideas for taking advantage of opportunities that are not available in the same way on any other day of the course. "
Rachel Hinton

What Kind of Feedback Helps Students Who Are Doing Poorly? - 91 views

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    "Students perform poorly in our courses for a variety of reasons. Here are some students you've likely encountered over the years, as well as a few ideas on the type of feedback that best helps them turn things around. "
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UKEdMag: Different Worlds - UKEdChat.com - 8 views

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    ALL teaching is very demanding & time consuming, but the challenges of a primary teacher and a secondary teacher very different. This tongue-in-cheek article celebrating the different cultures of primary and secondary schools, and celebrates the dif…
C CC

12 New Year Resolutions for Teachers - UKEdChat.com - 32 views

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    And there goes another year. Where does the time go? New Years bring new hope, new beginnings, new intentions, but when you are a teacher, you quickly realise that the same stuff happens over and over again, with the same daily challenges presenting…
Nigel Coutts

Creating a Generation of Innovators - 50 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

Does Mathematics Education need a re-think? - 56 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

The Joy of Teaching - 20 views

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    For teachers in Australia the year is drawing rapidly to a close. It is a time for packing away classrooms, taking down displays of student learning and saying farewell to students as they move on to new classes. At the ending of one year it is worth taking a moment to ponder what is so remarkable about teaching as a profession.
MaryLiz Jones

Sample Maker Rubric | Edutopia - 80 views

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    Design and creative thinking rubric - worth your time to review
Nigel Coutts

Suggested Readings to Inspire Teaching - 50 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.
Sean Nash

Aligning Philosophy and Practice - nashworld - 33 views

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    One of my foundational rules of classroom engagement is simply this: never be the first one to open your mouth and start talking about any topic. Twenty years in the classroom taught me that one. Never assume. Never take prior knowledge for granted. Listen first, then act. Never presume to know what the students in front of you are capable of. They'll show you if you are bold enough to listen.
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