What is growth mindset?

Growth mindset is an idea, put forward by Carol Dweck (a psychologist from Stanford University).  After a vast amount of research, she found that learners either have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. First things first.  What is a mindset? A mindset is simply a way in which our brain thinks. What is a fixed mindset? … Continue reading What is growth mindset?

How do you deal with cyber-bullying in schools? 

Recently, I have noticed that cases of cyber-bullying are being reported more and more often in the news.  As social media and technology is already a central part of children’s lives, online safety is an incredibly important issue to tackle.   What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is defined as, “the act of harassing someone online by sending … Continue reading How do you deal with cyber-bullying in schools? 

Some Brilliant Websites & Apps To Create Word Clouds.

I recently taught a lesson in which it was important for me to highlight keywords; a few of them were new to the class.  I decided to ask the pupils to generate word clouds to find the words of most importance and then find the meanings.  It was an effective way of doing so. Here … Continue reading Some Brilliant Websites & Apps To Create Word Clouds.

A Fantastic Construction Game, With Lots Of Uses In The Classroom.

What is The Sandbox? The Sandbox is an app in which you can build vast worlds (think Minecraft but in 2D).  Have a look at the intro video: How did I use it in a lesson? As part of our topic on mountains, as a starter activity, I asked the pupils to build a mountain … Continue reading A Fantastic Construction Game, With Lots Of Uses In The Classroom.

Coding or Critical Thinking?

As the Hour of Code again approaches, I ponder the efficacy of encouraging all schools to participate under the banner of coding. To be involved in EdTech is to interact with articles, TED Talks, and apps that encourage coding. Still, I am not convinced that all students need to focus on coding per se as … Continue reading Coding or Critical Thinking?