Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dear Richard

Where did we go wrong? Why did this all happen? Is it our fault? Or was it preordained? To what extent is someone responsible for themselves? Where does the onus lie? With the sufferer, who does have some power to … Continue reading

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I’ve Got it Backwards

Several different prompts this week have pointed me towards turning my teaching backwards. I am currently reading Making Thinking Visible, and one of the exploration strategies is called See, Think, Wonder.  The teacher in the case study stated that she … Continue reading

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The supreme importance of questions.

This week has been a big one for me regarding the value of questions. As educators, we know the value of asking good quality questions to stimulate student thinking. The Harvard publication, Making Thinking Visible repeatedly emphasises the value of … Continue reading

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Out of office

You’ve got to love Twitter for the stream of ideas that come your way. This week I saw a post from @Joe_Mazza, an administrator who decided that once per month he would be “out of office” for the entire day, … Continue reading

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Walking the walk.

I participate in several good discussion groups online. Currently I am enjoying a weekly chat about the book Making Thinking Visible, in the context of middle and high school mathematics. I am really enjoying the chat: the other participants share … Continue reading

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What makes you say that?

I had a minor epiphany today, when two books I am reading, converged to make a common point that struck me. As I prepare for an associate principal role in my school next year, I am reading as much as … Continue reading

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