Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Thank You For The Sandwiches”

“Thank you for the sandwiches” said my father into the phone recently. When my father was a young boy at boarding school, he detested the daily jam sandwiches he was given to take to school for lunch. A school friend called … Continue reading

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Motivating Forces – Part 2

“If the child cannot learn the way that we teach, we must teach the way that he learns.”   Rick Lavoie In a post published last week, I discussed Lavoie’s motivational forces. Lavoie refers to the six P’s that motivate our children. … Continue reading

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Things That I Know … or at least think I do.

– I do some of my best writing after midnight. – I used to look at myself in the mirror and see my mother and it used to scare me, but now it makes me proud. – Apparently, if you … Continue reading

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Motivating Forces Part 1

A few weeks ago, I posted about Rick Lavoie’s Myths About Motivation.  This post is a continuation on the theme of motivation, as inspired by Lavoie’s new book. According to Lavoie, there are eight forces that motivate us. Now although … Continue reading

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45 Steps To A Happy Marriage

I enjoyed reading this article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald. Although it has been written for newlyweds, I think it is very appropriate for us “oldies” to read too. Fortunately I am married to a man who detests eating breakfast … Continue reading

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Check – A one word strategy!

Do you hate moaning? Do you hate hearing yourself doing the moaning? At the beginning of each new year or class group, I ask my students the question, “How do we listen?” Of course they come up with ears, and … Continue reading

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Would You Like To Vote For Me?

I have been nominated for the 2011 Really Good Classroom Blog Contest. If you would like to vote for my blog, I would be thrilled if you click on the “Vote Now” button on the right hand side of this … Continue reading

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