A Real Teaching Day???

Recently, this post has been circulating in a few internet mediums – however the bigger question is does it represent a real teaching day is the bigger question?

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Flipped classroom

Few pictures to help you understand what a flipped classroom is!

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Flipped Classroom explained!


Another Flipped Classroom example explained:


If you are wondering how a flipped classroom can be incorporated into the classroom – have a look at this example youtube can be used in the classroom using the Flipped classroom model – simple but effective!


History Twitter Education!! All of them together!

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History Resource Time

Many educators use twitter! #edchatie is proof of this every Monday night!

Having participated and watched a few #edchatie a few times I’ve begun to notice how many history teachers use twitter as an educational tool and to communicate with each other!

Here a few I’ve found well worth following!


  • @levdavidovic
  • @MrsThorne
  • @IrishTeachers
  • #historyteachers
  • @ahistorymuseum
  • @historytweeter
  • @HistoryDay
  • @HistoryOfAll
  • @Medievalists
  • @teachinghistory
  • @MissedHistory
  • @VHStudio

Kids and Homework: A bad combination?

Source: Kids and Homework: A bad combination?

In response to this article I think sometimes students think


However, though students may think happiness equals no homework we must remember that homework is used to reinforce the material learnt in class. Though students may feel less inclined and enthusiastic about a subject due to the amount of homework they have to do.

Those who are supporting students through school must remember that if students are saying:homework.png

Maybe it’s because they are feeling similar to this:

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Tips to help students combine homework:

  1. Set up a homework area. This can reduce stress in the evening as students know that there is a certain area to do homework and can leave that area knowing they aren’t going to find school work anywhere else. Additionally, it can help family to leave Stationery and other schools supplies in that area for the student to find. Also, make sure the area is well lit so students aren’t straining their eyes.
  2. Lock up distractions. This means no phone, no TV, no gameboys, no playstations, no xbox, no laptops, no computers (sometimes research and assignments can be done on computers thus don’t rule them out completely) etc. etc.
  3. Praise their work. If a student does an extra hour of study or looks up something they don’t understand praise them. Same for teachers – if you see a student working that bit harder or focusing that bit more, praise them. You never know what small words could change their perception of study.
  4. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Nobody is perfect. Teachers are there to help and they monitor students homework and classwork. They can tell exactly where a student needs to improve in a subject or area and can help or at least steer you in the right direction as to where to get help.



The classroom is where students file in, open a textbook, learn, and leave again to repeat the process in another room down the hall. However, there is more to a classroom than just learning.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of people who were given the opportunity to talk about who they thought were inspirational leaders. Each person choose someone different – yet each of these inspirational leaders had left a huge impact on each person. A common trait I noticed being mentioned was each inspirational leader was passionate and caring. They gave their time to listen and act which in turn inspired others.


It has inspired me to write these three tips to remind students as well as teachers to highlight the importance of listening and talking to each other.

  • Students – when a teacher says come talk to me if you’re stressed or overwhelmed – they actually mean that! Don’t think they won’t want to listen to you.
  • Teachers – remember to remind students they can talk to you. It may seem obvious but sometimes they need a gentle reminder.
  • Top tip – try and not rush out the door to your next class – it’s those few crucial seconds were lives are changed. It might be that little moment you stopped and gave your time that people remember in ten years times – not the lessons.