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Videos for Information of Teachers

A Series of videos and TED talks which may be of interest to teachers can be found at

Suggestions for additions is most welcome

Added by Julie Boyd on May 1, 2011 at 1:45am — No Comments


Just finished rebuilding my website which contains ebooks, teaching units of work and other resources for teachers resulting from long experience of education. Too many to reproduce on this site.You are most welcome to visit.

Added by Julie Boyd on April 28, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

For A Smile to start your day- Why Teachers Tear Their Hair

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Added by Julie Boyd on April 28, 2011 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Each Teacher has the personal responsibility:

Each Teacher has the personal responsibility to:

1.            To develop: Breadth and Depth of Repertoire of Strategies

2.            To create: Capacity to align strategies / learning environments / curriculum / assessment

3.            To build: Sophistication of personal teaching frameworks and ensure fit with broader society

4.            To…


Added by Julie Boyd on April 25, 2011 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Teaching as a Gladiator Sport

(C) Julie Boyd

“Why are you crying miss?” Every teacher has low points in their professional life but

when it comes in your first month I wonder if things really have changed in the past thirty


A young friend has just started in her first teaching position. It’s in a secondary school

that has a reputation for having ‘challenging students’. She was only accepted into… Continue

Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 1:43am — No Comments

HIDING IN PLAIN VIEW: Supporting Young Teachers

© Julie Boyd

How many times does it need to be said? Young teachers need our protection?

Of course they absolutely need to learn to stand on their own two feet. Those who are

game enough to take on our ‘more challenging schools’ need a bit of extra protection

until they do find their feet and then some. Some ‘danger money’ wouldn’t go astray


A young friend at the beginning of her teaching career hit the end of her rope last… Continue

Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 1:34am — No Comments

In Times of Educational Change Learners Inherit the Earth

(C)  Julie Boyd


<em>In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully

equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists</em> Eric Hoffer

It is my blessing these days to be able to walk morning and evening on a beautiful beach.

Every day is different with new joys to be discovered and unexpected adventures. A… Continue

Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Pedagogy: Beyond E-Learning The six R’s of Teaching for Effective Learning


See complete article and pdf at


Teachers are now being told that E-Learning is way of the future. Adaptable teachers will be excited

by new and creative ways to use technology effectively, and by the promise of unlimited possibilities.

This does need to be balanced by the premise that the role of schools is to effectively integrate…


Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments



© Julie Boyd 2010  (updated from an original 1993 article)

For further info go to


Taken individually, each concept in the phrase “collaborative learning community” has incredible power and together, there is a synergy, a revolutionary force that we are only just beginning to recognize in schools. The school pictured above has given way to a…


Added by Julie Boyd on April 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to a new, extensive site for educators

You'll find a very extensive blog and website, including a range of resources for teachers at :


This contains information collected over many years of teaching, business experience and community work and advocacy that is being consolidated into one site. It would be great to be able to replicate it here if it could be imported. Can anyone tell me if that is possible?

Added by Julie Boyd on April 21, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments

The Future of Cooperative Learning

In a time of accelerated and massive change, when conventional resources are quickly being depleted, cooperative effort is needed to navigate the “rapids of change.”


The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. Bertrand Russell

Cooperative Learning is one of the best researched fields of classroom based practice in the world. Teachers and researchers across several continents…


Added by Julie Boyd on April 9, 2011 at 5:01pm — No Comments


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