Take the punches, and smile back.

I first came across Phil Beadle years ago on YouTube. Phil is an English teacher, education consultant, author, teacher trainer and speaker. Nowadays, I regularly check in on his blog, particularly to see his journalism for The Guardian. As an English teacher, Phil is really innovative and has a history of achieving ‘transformational’ results with students […]

Reset the calm button.

On my bus ride home recently, I thought to myself “I wonder if it’s been proven that plants in the classroom would increase student engagement?” I had no idea if this had been researched, let alone proven, I just figured it would be something cool to research. A few clicks later on my phone, I […]

Once more, with feeling

If I asked you to recall your favourite teacher, what is it exactly that you remember? For me, remembering my favourite teacher is a little like this quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” […]

Kahoot!

Last year, I was lucky enough to come across an amazing game-based learning program called Kahoot! This is a free, digital website that allows you to play interactive quizzes as a class. There are literally thousands of quizzes to choose from, or alternatively, you can make your own. Multiple choice questions appear on the big […]

By crikey I’m thankful for Bill Rogers!

A recent YouTube search for behaviour management strategies lead me to the Australian behaviour management expert and education consultant, Dr. Bill Rogers. Wow. Seriously. This man is so down to earth and approachable, his videos are extraordinary in their simplicity and logic. I felt like I had finally found an expert who echoed my personal beliefs […]

Juggling Life

When I was a teenager, I thought anybody who could juggle was superhuman and completely awe-inspiring. So I found 3 tennis balls and vowed not to give up until I could be that person who can say ‘I can juggle 3 balls’. It took me about a month of trying everyday and I eventually mastered it! Fast forward […]

The first 5 minutes: it’s the vibe that counts!

I was chatting with a prac teacher recently, and she touched on an issue with one of her English classes being a little, well…dull, in terms of discussion. Essentially, she reported that there was no ‘vibe’ and that unresponsiveness had become a class culture. It got me thinking; ultimately, whose responsibility is it to create […]

Rob Plevin – this stuff works!

When it comes to behaviour management, I like to think I am going to be forever polishing my skills and collecting new strategies to try out. Sometimes behaviour management strategies work, and sometimes they fall flat. But beyond that, I believe the key is to maintain positivity, a belief in the students and the ability to come into the classroom every day […]