Simulation of cognitive dysfunction

This is a brief simulation of what cognitive dysfunction and brain fog feel like.

Playing games in lessons

Games are often used as motivators in lessons, but games shall not become the main focus. We are teachers and learning needs to be central to lessons.

Book review: The art of being a brilliant middle leader

This is a review of "The art of being a brilliant middle leader" by G. Toward, C. Henley and A. Cope. A fantastic read for any team leader.

Presentation from the Islam and Peaceful Relations conference

Download my presentation from the "Islam and Peaceful Relations" conference from here.

Using creative methods to reflect

Producing reflections can be a creative process if we allow for more creative methods, such as Lego models.

Simulation of brain fog

Brain fog is difficult to explain. So I tried to create a simulation of an episode of brain fog.

Using audience response systems for teaching

In my experience using audience response systems in secondary or higher education can improve participation and engagement amongst learners.

Teacher training placements

A brief outline of intended research in relation to the placements within teacher training.

What is fibromyalgia?

This is a brief introduction to fibromyalgia, an invisible illness causing pain and cognitive dysfunctions.

Book review: Ticked off – checklists for teachers, students, school leaders

This is a review of Harry Fletcher-Wood's book on how checklists can make all aspects of teaching more effective.

Reflections about plagiarism

Plagiarism is a socio-cultural issue. This is about academic integrity and the reputation of an institution and the degree that is awarded. I would not want to hold an academic degree that is devalued in such way that many people were able to cheat their way through it. This is a reflective piece of writing on plagiarism and what it feels like for an academic.

Teaching empathy in dance classes

A report about teaching empathy in dance classes

Classroom management

The classroom is a place where learning happens and should be encouraged, therefore classroom management relates to the strategies a teacher can use to organise students' learning. According to Garrett (2015) classroom management can be considered in five categories: behavioural management and discipline, the layout of a classroom, rules and routines, the relevance of relationships and the importance of instruction. Good classroom management is proactive and about the students' learning.

Professional development portfolios

Many teacher training sessions and professional development courses nowadays link to or culminate in the compilation of portfolios. Portfolios are evidences and resources that are gathered and annotated systematically to provide an overview of the teachers' achievements, career events and areas for development. The process of gathering information for the portfolios is an opportunity to take a step back from everyday work to reposition yourself and reconsider your values, your development and your learning. Here is some help for developing portfolios.

Assessment as a learning opportunity

Many teacher training sessions focus on assessment but we do not spend enough time on discussing assessment in the sense of marking student work. We do not discuss the impact marking has on the students' learning and the teachers' workload, nor do we talk about how we could make marking more meaningful for our learners.

Time management

A cyclical process of reading, writing and editing is only possible if you leave enough time. Time management is therefore one of the key skills to learn when entering University life. The easiest way to introduce effective time management is by preparing schedules.