"Parents and teachers would do well to think about various styles of discipline, management, or socialization in terms of what questions children are encouraged to ask in each instance. A strategy that relies on punishment or consequences prompts a child to wonder, “What am I supposed to do, and what will happen to me if I don’t do it?” A strategy based on rewards leads the child to ask, “What am I supposed to do, and what will I get for doing it?” The first thing that strikes us about these two questions is that they are at bottom not very different from each other. The second thing we realize is that neither gets a child anywhere close to the issues with which we are ultimately concerned. What we are after, I think, is children who ask themselves, “What kind of person do I want to be? — or even “What kind of classroom [or school, or family, or community] do *we* want to have?"
- Alfie Kohn in Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praises and Other Bribes (via mumblrusa)

Time to get up-to-speed with technology!


This post was written by Kelly Connolly-Hickey, a ClassDojo Thought Partner


When I started teaching at my high school twelve years ago, we had to fill in bubbles on forms to take attendance, complete progress reports, and complete report cards. Today, we have one integrated web-based system for such student records. Implementing technology previously meant incorporating a laser disk player or displaying a presentation on a small TV. Now, most classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, or are even 1:1. Certainly technology has made teaching easier in some aspects.

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Tools 4 Students -

Tools 4 Students is an iPad app that simply contains 25 graphic organisers. Students can use them to organise their thoughts on a subject/character etc. before exporting the chart as a .png or .pdf file which can be emailed or uploaded to cloud storage. Tools 4 Students 2 is also available, containing 25 more graphic organisers. The app could be useful for school iPads as it could be used across all subject areas and at most class levels. Students sharing iPads just need to remember to change the name in settings when they use the app.

(Source: itunes.apple.com)

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Back to School 2014!


This post received a lot of attention two years ago, so I have now revisited it, checked the links and brought it up to date.

Can you believe it’s almost that time of year again? I’m personally looking forward to getting back to work, although I will be looking forward to the October mid-term before long! In preparation for the year ahead I’ve put together this post to round up some resources and sites that could come in useful when preparing to go back to school. I have focussed on primary level as is my wont, but I’m sure some of what you read below could well be applied at other levels too. If any of the links below are broken by the time of publishing I apologise. Also, not all of the resources are free, but none of them are my own so I don’t stand to gain anything.

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EdBlogsIE Archive

Visit the EdBlogsIE archive to look back at the incredible number of blog posts from Irish educators in recent times.

If you were to print them all out and stack them on top of each other they would reach half way to the moon. And remember, 90% of statistics are made up on the spot!

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