Nan Bahr, September 1, 2020 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... Continue Reading →
Retention in Higher Education: the case for a focus on self-regulation
Nan Bahr, February 20, 2020 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... Continue Reading →
Kindness isn’t really that simple.
Nan Bahr, October 8, 2019 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,... Continue Reading →
High impact teaching presentation
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.
The Noble piglet effect
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
What we need to know about our adolescents
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
Seven Reasons why people don’t want to be teachers
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
Are the best teachers smart?
Nan Bahr, August 20, 2019 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... Continue Reading →
Part 2 of my article for positive teaching is out today!
'Teacher' has published part 2 of my article on positive teaching today. Have a look!
The importance of humour
An article I've written for 'Teacher' has been published today ...all about the place for humour in teaching, using Dr Seuss as the muse. This is Part 1 of a 2 part offering on the attributes that teachers can bring to help transform learners. Check it out.