Twenty two weeks have now passed since I have spent more than a few hours at farther than 5 minutes from home. Twenty two weeks, or 154 days, edging up to half a year. Rather than dwell on the potential mental health crisis that may be looming for me, in the style of Sue Townsend’s... Continue Reading →
First of all … we agree that attrition in higher education is a bad thing, right? It’s sad for the students who harbour an abiding sense of incompleteness. It’s sad for their families and children who learn that dropping out is ok, and they never get a chance to benefit from improved employment prospects. And... Continue Reading →
My mother’s reminder to me as I grew up was to think carefully before I gave anyone the benefit of my opinion. She told me to ask myself before I made any comments about people: is it right, is it necessary, is it kind? The first two are easy questions, but kindness is elusive and... Continue Reading →
https://www.slideshare.net/NanBahr/pigletpres21082019 This is a presentation to accompany the Noble Piglet article. Some of the transitions and effects won't work, but it does outline the key elements of the paper.
High impact teaching draws on the fine attributes of a teacher who is beyond competent. https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/high-impact-teaching-the-noble-piglet-effect
I thought I might highlight the characteristic issues that adolescents present for their teachers and families. Here is an article that I published in Teacher. https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/lessons-from-things-adolescents-almost-never-say
This is an article that has attracted a lot of attention. I've tried to describe the perceptions that seem rife about teaching. The comments that people have contributed to the article are interesting too. There is a strong focus on comparative salaries. perhaps consider contributing to the comments yourself. https://theconversation.com/seven-reasons-people-no-longer-want-to-be-teachers-94580
A comment from a popular online blog: “Yes, they do have to be smart and most of my colleagues are smart. By which I mean: They are smart enough.” (Quora, 2017) Given that a good teacher can’t be dumb, how smart do they need to be to be good, and are smarts enough? The literature... Continue Reading →