The Learning Zone

While taking a tour around Ross Parker’s blog recently, I came across his lovely graphic of “The Learning Zone” – another term to describe what Vygotsky essentially outlines with his “Zone of Proximal Development” concept. I won’t lie: I haven’t thought about Vygotsky since my uni days – so this mini refresher was really useful! […]

It’s time to see the light!

In every classroom I’ve ever taught in, I’ve had complaints from students about the lighting. “It’s too bright, Miss!” or “I’ve got a headache let’s turn off the lights!” For me personally, I am not a fan of the classic high school fluorescent lighting. And I’m not just talking about the fact that it is […]

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.” […]


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 […]