How do students sustain a love of learning ?
In 2008, I set up Fantastic Learning Systems as a space to enhance student agency. Using my own classroom, I explore questions like...
How do I motivate my students to sustain their engagement of learning via mandated curricula?
How can rubrics encourage the development of a shared understanding of learning progression between me and my students?"
How might conceptual metaphors assist students to self-regulate their learning behaviours as they participate in formative and summative assessments?
Today, I apply these questions to my teaching of Years 7 & 8 small-group 'structured literacy', Year 8 Humanities and Year 9 English. The particular challenge I set myself in 2024 is to implement the practices of the philosophy in school movement, inviting students to participate in communities of inquiry.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
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YEARS 7 to 9 ENGLISH TEACHERS
EVERYTHING WORLD: THEME PARK OF THE MIND™
Explore the role of conceptual metaphors in a philosophical enquiry.
Philosophy in schools has a fifty year history, focusing on crucial ways of relating thinking and doing, ethics and logic, and so much more. We partner with author Clare-Rose Trevelyan and show how her Young Philosophers Series can lift the calibre of interactions in any classroom through her inventive conceptual metaphor of the Theme Park Of The Mind.LEARN MORE
YEAR 8 HUMANITIES
Designing warm-ups leading to philosophical enquiry.
Australian cultural history stories add flair to Humanities lessons, grounding inquiries in local knowledge. We look at designing warm-up strategies that anchor middle school student learning experience in local contexts.LEARN MORE
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