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Reflecting on Brexit: Passion Cannot Become Indoctrination in the Classroom

In <i>Mein Kampf</i> Adolf Hitler wrote that the struggle for the primacy of the German language in post-Empire Austria was fought “in its bitterest form …

Educators Getting the Most out of Twitter

Twitter is quite unlike any other professional development tool for teachers. It is not too much to state that teachers can revolutionise their …

Time for Change in Teacher Training

This dissatisfaction is something I regularly encounter from student teachers at the University of Augsburg in Germany, where I teach. The sentiment …

Structuring High-Quality Collaboration

I like to think of collaboration in school as practiced teamwork orientated towards an academic problem or project. When a school or an individual …

Using Classroom Walls to Create a Thinking-Rich Environment

You may be surprised to hear that the students of classroom B were happier with their room. I recently conducted a survey of student attitudes …

Pedagogy

Making the Most of Non-Fixed Classroom Architecture

There is no right or wrong classroom seating arrangement. How a teacher arranges classroom seating is reflective of the teaching style that he …

3 Ways to Minimise Stress and Stay Healthy this School Year

Teaching is a stressful profession. In fact, a recent report by the National Union of Teachers in Britain found that 41.5% of teachers reported being …

When Lessons Go Bad – A Personal Reflection

It is hard to accept when a carefully-prepared lesson does not go according to plan. It is even harder when it exposes fundamental flaws in your …

When Lessons Go Well - A Personal Reflection Part II

Students were pleased with their expectations and I simply guided the conversation back to our guiding question and drafted a grading rubric to suit …

Minecraft - It’s all Fun and Games Until Someone Goes to Rehab

Unquestionably, Minecraft presents some wonderful opportunities to engage students in the learning-process. Imagine how exciting it must be for …

Socrative Can Provide Valuable Feedback to Help Improve your Practice

There is a wealth of evidence now available to indicate that giving and receiving effective feedback has one of the greatest effects upon increased …

In Ireland Teaching is a one-way Ticket to Emigration

There are three types of teacher: those who always knew that they wanted to teach, those who join the profession after some years of experience in …

Classroom Management – Dealing with Everyday Disruption in the Classroom

The discipline problems that a teacher may encounter will vary depending on the teaching methods employed, the layout of the physical environment and …

Teaching

“What is the Point of School?” - An Interview with Judith Braun

Judith Braun is an Abitur student at a Gymnasium in the south of Germany. She gets good grades in school and plans to study journalism at university. …

In University a Fear of the Unknown is Killing Authentic Learning

​Ultimately the comments I received about a lack of structure came down to a very simple ideological clash: either university education is a process …

Top 10 Tips for using Project-Based Learning at University

For the past three years I have been experimenting with Project-Based Learning (PBL) in my pedagogy seminars at the University of Augsburg, Germany. …

Top 10 Tips for 1st Year Teachers

I have the privilege of teaching student teachers at the University of Augsburg, Germany. It is a career that I enjoy immensely and one that is …

10 Simple Ways to Promote Staff Collaboration in your School

In many cases teaching is still a solitary profession and many teachers see themselves as being independent practitioners. Aside from a cup of coffee …

Learning to Work with School Design

We are constantly in a process of give and take with our built environment. We shape it and it in turn shapes our behaviours and actions. When an …

Shifting the Balance from Consumption to Production in Schools

In a recent post I wrote that where the Department of Education (DoE) in a given nation or State too tightly regulates school design there is a risk …

If We Want Real Education Reform Trust Young Teachers

There is an old saying in Ireland, “Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sé” – Trust youth and it will come. Unfortunately, in many schools the creed would …

5 Tips for Blogging in Education

While blogging is not a new phenomenon, indeed in the mainstream its heyday is well behind it, it provides educators with a unique platform to create …

3 Simple and Cost-Effective ways to Promote Inclusion of Students with Special Educational Needs at 3rd Level

University provides unique challenges to ensuring an inclusive learning environment for students with special educational needs (SEN). Compared with …