PFHEA

I'm delighted to have been recognized as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Thank you to all who have supported me, but most of all, thank you to my students! This has been an excellent process for reflection on personal teaching and learning values and the importance for always striving: ever better,

Screen time = scream time?

Whatever has happened to the plaintiff cry of parents, teachers, and vigilantes calling out against the devil of screen time? Only weeks ago, a young person who spent hours online was described as bound for delinquency (Hawi & Rupert, 2015), a lifelong snoozer, typically unhealthy (Sigman, 2012), devoid of learning and social skills. Never mind... Continue Reading →

On the behaviour of jets.

I’ve often been mystified and amazed by those people that seem to defy the rules of natural progression and race to the top of their field at blistering speed. I call them jets. These people, I think, have some common characteristics that I’ve noticed. I wonder what would happen if the general Joe Blows of... Continue Reading →

Higher Education Academy

I've decided to submit an application to the Higher Education Academy in the UK for a Fellowship. There seems to be quite a lot involved. Although a teaching and learning philosophy statement isn't exactly required (although the suggestion is that it might be helpful), I have had a go at one below. The difficulty is... Continue Reading →

Middle Years second edition

Donna Pendergast & Nan Bahr (Eds) The publisher's overview: "The middle years of schooling are increasingly recognised as a crucial stage in students’ lives, one that has significant consequences for ongoing educational success. Teaching Middle Years offers a systematic overview of the philosophy, principles and issues in middle schooling. It includes contributions from academics and... Continue Reading →

Teaching Middle Years

Our book ... here's the publisher's spiel: "Teaching Middle Years has established itself as the most respected Australian text to focus on the adolescent years of schooling. Recognition of the educational importance of this age group continues to grow as research reveals the benefits of programs designed especially for young people's needs. This third edition... Continue Reading →

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.

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