Month: December 2014

5 Tips to Get Going in The New Year

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I don’t know about you, but I really love this time of year.  No, not because it’s winter, not because everyone’s away from work for a break, and actually not because there’s so much lovely food around!

The reason I love this time of year is because of the opportunity for a new start. You could be forgiven for not wanting to go back to work, to keep the routines at bay and enjoy the feeling of being rested.  And yes, I agree with all that.

But having time ‘off’ is such a brilliant excuse to reflect (for a short time) and persuade yourself to plan ahead for a new and improved you.   Don’t you find?

If you’re not sure how to get going, here are my 5 tips which might help:

  1. Write an action plan for your personal life or professional practice:
    1. What I am going to stop doing
    2. What I am going to...

Q is for Questioning in Class

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I’ve written before about questioning in class, and there are a variety of techniques which can be deployed in most classrooms.  But, still, questioning is underused.  Why do you think that is?

What methods can we use to extend thinking? And how can we ensure that everyone participates?

It’s easier to engage learners if you phrase your questions to prompt more than a one word response.  This also paves the way for extension questions to draw out and analyse.

Question: How can you frame a question so that a learner knows “What’s In It For Me”?

Answer:  By using phrases which include them, such as:

  • Why might you need to know ………
  • What impact will it have on you if …….
  • Which part of your life ……..

Encourage curiosity –

  • Show students the next topic or module
  • Ask students to come up with 4 questions that they will want answered

Create ‘survey’ questions or games using simple technology

  • Survey – type...
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