Category Archives: Learning styles

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Sometimes the hardest (and best) course of action is for a teacher to let a student struggle

Do teachers care more about your kids schoolwork than they do? How to fix the apathy problem

Sometimes the hardest (and best) course of action is for a teacher to let a student struggle


English Australia Conference 2017 – Presentation PDF

Link below for PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation given at the English Australia Conference 2018, Adelaide Hilton, Sept 22, 2017.

Title page slightly altered for a presentation at a Professional Development Day at Ability English, Sydney, August 30, 2018

Reverse Bootcamp ABILITY PD

UECA 2018 PD Fest – Presentation PDF, Handout Word Doc

PDF Version of PowerPoint presentation at the UECA 2018 PD Fest, UTS Insearch, May 12


Word document handout to accompany presentation above

The Nitty Gritty UECA 2018 UTS May 12

2017 English Australia Conference ‘Reverse Bootcamp’ presentation – Part 2 of 4

Reverse Bootcamp: From dependence to independence in a 10 week Direct Entry (DE) course

Part 2 of 4 of a presentation at the English Australia conference, at the Adelaide Hilton, September 20 – 22, 2017.

After introductions and context, the first part examines the training wheels theory, which combines the stages and process of the gradual release of responsibility theory, with the staged self-directed learning (SSDL) model. These stages and processes are related to the DE course at CQU English.

The second part then looks at the it is what it is theory, an amalgamation of Biggs 3 levels – What students are, What teachers do, What students do; Learning styles – Surface, Strategic, Deep; and the PAH continuum – Pedagogy, Andragogy & Heutagogy. As in the first part, this amalgamation is related to the CQU English Direct Entry course. The second part concludes with the genius of Mr Miyagi, the iconic character from the Karate Kid movies of the 80’s, and how his killing two birds with one stone philosophy can get more done and better prepare DE students for university.

Part three proposes a new blended learning of connectivism, movement and environment. A constructivist theory for the digital age, actionable takeaways of connectivism for the DE classroom, as well as for the use of movement and environment, are explained and the involvement of the audience occurs with amusing results.

The fourth and final part, though rushed due to time limitations, explores the peak end rule, circadian rhythms, the 90/20/8 rule, flexible and dynamic grouping, cultural competency, class bonding, and classroom silliness (as a circuit breaker). It finishes too quickly on start-up methodology and the business model canvas.

PS Please forgive the excessive information on the slides, I am breaking a rule that I teach my academic English students of keeping the slides simple in terms of text and images. This is so that the PowerPoint can be a reference for those interested.

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