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A few thoughts and ideas

Bicycle Tour – Day 1

Day 1 of the tour was a grueling circuit of Toowoomba.

BQ Tour 2015 5th Sept-1

The morning was quite pleasant, though a little cool – nothing like the cold that we had in Warwick later though!

BQ Tour 2015 5th Sept-2

A morning coffee was an essential, this is something we decided right at the beginning!  Luckily the coffee wagon was part of the camp set up and even followed us to lunch stops on the way during the 9 days.

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First day of Bicycle Qld Tour

This year, during my long-service leave Jane and I have completed the 2015 Bicycle Queensland 9-day tour. Though the tour starts officially tomorrow we arrived at the USQ campus in Toowoomba around 2pm on Friday 4th September.

This is us just ready to leave.

First me.
Alex ready to leave.

And my wife, Jane

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Geoff Masters’ ACER article on challenging our most able students

Student

Having read this article by Geoff Masters, I attempted to leave a comment but despite using a range of browsers the comment function didn’t work. So here is my comment, please read the article first ..

This is a thought provoking article. My initial reaction is that I believe teachers, especially our highly motivated, passionate and professionally aware teachers, are very often in close agreement with Masters’ preferred approach and attempt to do what they can within schools which are structured according to the first model Masters describes.

Similarly, I believe that school leadership are often in very close agreement with Masters’ preferred approach and attempt to promote good pedagogy within their organisation but are working within a mandated and supposed curriculum, political, policy and often financial framework which keeps on reinforcing the first model described.

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Jim Moore

Jim was a person I met at the Helensvale Goodlife Gym.

Jim, trainer at Helensvale Gym

Jim, trainer at Helensvale Gym

He was the personal trainer who was tasked with showing me the equipment when I joined the gym. Later, Jane (my wife) suggested I try a personal trainer to get me motivated toward my fitness. I had been impressed by Jim’s introductory session at the Helensvale Goodlife club and, consequently, asked him to be my personal trainer for a few months. This was during the same year that my wife and her mum were off visiting relatives in the UK.

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How well is technology used at school?

SAMR

The SAMR model.

A colleague from another school shared a link to the article What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom? This gives a summary of mistakes made in considering technology use in schools.

While reading this article I thought of a compounding issue that relates to these types of concerns. The problem, I posit, is that some types of technology are so ubiquitous in everyday use that there is a ‘technology so what!’ attitude that is developing. I think many students, parents and, unfortunately, some educators think that because they use their tablet, laptop, phone, and now wearable technologies, often in their everyday life they are ‘using technology’.  Well of course they are using technology, but as Allan November tells us regarding 1 to 1 laptop initiatives, we are often not using our technologies above the level of the ‘$1000 pencil’. Read More