To Build a Better Question

An excellent insight into the importance of questioning!

aasl-1AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learnermandate that we equip our students with the skills they need to pursue lifelong learning. The Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards all advocate for genuine student inquiry, and the best thinkers in education are demanding that students take a more active role in their education to make them competitive in the global economy. One practice that can prepare students for a lifetime of engaged learning is asking questions.

What Makes Questioning a Literacy?

Literacies are how we make sense of the world; we read to gain knowledge, and we write to share new understandings. Asking and answering questions is also how we make sense of the world. It’s why young children ask so many questions—there’s a lot to make sense of and patterns about the world to discover. And yet, as children age they…

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Modern technology and education – the hope for the future!

Opher's World

happy world

Ignorance, superstition, indoctrination, fear and isolation are the tools that tyrants use to control people.

Religion and politics are the excuses.

Psychology shows us that sociopaths and psychopaths are very good at making their way to the top of institutions. They like power and they have no compunctions about how they deal with people. They actually enjoy upsetting others and abusing them.

The past has been locked into a cycle where religions and political systems rise up and try to gain supremacy over others. When you throw ethnicity and social factors into the mix it becomes a rotten stew of genocide, war and subjugation.

We are in a new age. There is optimism about the future!

Now we have the means of educating people we can reveal the flaws in religion and political systems. We can counter indoctrination.

Now we have media in the hands of the people nothing can…

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Identity crisis


You want to be a Secondary Teacher? Are you mad?

 Are you mad? This is a question I have been asked many times since I committed to changing my double degree to a single, ditching Psychology and focusing solely on becoming a Secondary English and History Teacher. My answers to this question have changed over the years; ‘I love learning, so I want to work in a teaching and learning environment,’ ‘When all goes well it really is the best job’ and at times ‘I really love arguing with teenagers about phones.’

After taking myself out of my middle-class, Anglo-Saxon niche; the place where I grew up, completed both my practicums and got my first teaching job, my views about education changed dramatically. I discovered the hardships others faced in regards to access to education that I had not considered. I had always considered education a ‘right’ that everyone…

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