Testing Teachers

I have only watched part of the SBS documentary Testing Teachers. A young teacher was trying to teach year 8 science class with a baseball hat-wearing swear bear – while also trying to sort out an on-going social-war between a group of students. Most interestingly, the solution (monitor modelling and role playing) was based around […]…

4 tips for getting started on Twitter

I first joined Twitter in 2013 mainly as a support for teaching in remote communities. It connected me to educators around Australia and allowed me to access professional learning in my specialist areas. It also helped me to reinvigorate my classroom practice as I regularly engaged in conversations and made strong connections. Building a Twitter network…

Tips and info for teachers new to Twitter

The inspirational Kelli McGraw shared this post today for teachers new to tweeting. Check out the video and her blog, Kelli McGraw for some practical ideas for newbies… and of course follow Kelli McGraw on Twitter! In February we are featuring a weekly original contribution on topical issues in education such as funding, teacher employment, system changes in…

Veni, VIDEO, Vici

Originally published on The Connected Teacher, November 28, 2016,  Simon McKenzie Ok, I admit it … the title is not that “punny” but it is a nod to my great passion for Ancient History. I have found myself recently making far greater use of video creation; especially as a way to both engage and assess students. I’m…