Author Archives: ShellySchutte

Giving Useful Feedback to Students

Giving continuous, useful feedback is such an integral part of good teaching. I’m at a loss as to why it does not form a bigger part of the PGCE! Many new teachers (myself included) struggle with how to give good … Continue reading

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Learning to Learn

John and Hank Green are two of my innovation heroes. They have transformed the online landscape in so many ways and Crash Course and Scishow (though both have their faults) are pioneering educational video channels. They are also just all … Continue reading

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Amazing Hoop Gliders

Continuing the STEM theme, I present to you…. The Amazing Hoop Glider! There’s not a child in the world who doesn’t love making paper airplanes. Recently, we decided to do another combined  science class where students had to just that… … Continue reading

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Defining Democracy for Secondary Students

If you’ve read a few of my posts, you’ve probably picked up I think students knowing their civic roles and responsibilities is vital. We live in an era where there is too much tension and hatred – of other races, … Continue reading

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Thinking STEM: The Cup Stacking Challenge

Progress Tests are done, Reports need to be written. Children still need to learn but at this point in the year, are thoroughly over being taught. What to do? When browsing some teaching blogs recently,I came across a school running … Continue reading

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Google Sites to the Rescue!

Recently, I realised just before a lesson that my printing cap had been reached. I thus found myself in a dilemma: The lesson I had planned required students to have access to extracts from Anne Frank’s diary. I could have … Continue reading

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Model Paris Peace Conference of 1919

With all the political craziness going on in 2017, barely a Humanities class has gone by without the words Trump, Theresa May or Brexit being uttered! This has been the perfect opportunity to discuss democracy and its many favours and faults. … Continue reading

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McGraw-Hill Virtual Labs

I recently posted about doing dissections in Biology class. While dissections are an excellent way of seeing animal anatomy firsthand, there are a number of digital alternatives. One of my favourite sites is the Mcgraw-Hill Virtual Lab: http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/virtual_labs_2K8/ You can complete a … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Heart Dissection

Nothing Beats a Good Dissection 😉 I love using digital tools in the classroom. When you don’t have all the resources in the world or want something explained to your students from a different perspective, videos and simulations are a … Continue reading

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Becoming a great teacher

I was doing my annual (okay, I’m lying, perhaps once every 3 years), hard drive cleanup recently when I  came across an old document entitled ‘teaching tips and resources.’ Looking at its contents, I was taken vividly back to when I … Continue reading

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