How to give Presentations that connect with your Audience

My Take:

A while ago, I saw a fantastic Ted Talk on how to give engaging presentations and I decided to make this mindmap to preserve the information in an easy to access format. It’s a great mindmap to glance over before giving a presentation, as it reminds you of a lot of the fundamental stuff you should be bearing in mind, if you want to reach your audience.



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Ted Talk Link


Term 4 – The culmination of 20% Time



The beginning of Term 4 

The 4th term was reserved for getting ready for final presentations and the presentations themselves. They happened  on Monday the 23rd of October and we used about two and a half hours to get all the presentations done. It turned out to be a fun event, with an atmosphere of inquisitiveness and celebration. All in all, for the entire 20% time project, we used around 25  lessons of class time (+-20 hours). Some students used only this class time, however some of the best projects used considerable amounts of the students own free time.


Highlights Video of the whole process – 2nd half dealing with the presentations



Reflections by Students and the Teacher who organised it 



Final Debrief after Presentations



Feedback after we had completed


Google’s Professional Development options for Schools

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Why it’s useful

All schools need to be thinking constantly about professional development for their entire staff. The Google offerings are extensive, free and have an active community of  teachers / educators/ administrators behind them. This is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to get their school moving in the direction of effective professional development. From personal experience I can highly recommend the materials that have been put together. They are all based on current educational research and have been put together with the spirit of fun and inquiry that Google seems to approach all its work with.


A fantastic collection of active learning strategies for teaching Mathematics


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My Take:

I stumbled across this book a while back and was struck by what a nicely collated collection of activities, games and methods it was, especially for a teacher who is trying to make their classroom active as opposed to passive. It’s real value is in it’s simplicity and grouping of activities by topic , it’s a great thing to glance at , to give you a creative spark for your lesson.


A great new book about the Brain

12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

My Summary:

I recently read a fantastic book that I am going to refer back to as I design my future learning engagements. It  was well researched and easy to read. And  it does a great job of highlighting how much the structural elements of the brain are always at play when learning is happening.

The 11 brain rules mentioned can be summarized into the following subsections:

  • Exercise
  • Survival
  • Wiring
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Sleep
  • Exploration
  • Gender
  • Sense
  • Stress
  • Vision

If you are involved in learning or education then this book really is a must read!


The Mathematics of Exercise & Nutrition

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My Take:

I am always on the lookout for great educational content that can be repurposed. This booklet clearly took an enormous amount of time to put together and the rigour with which it was assembled is staggering. It is a fantastic example of designing an educational resource & experience to the highest possible standard.

My thinking is that this booklet could be a rich starting point for any number of project based learning initiatives. With my particular focus being on Mathematics. I will add to this post in future as I begin to unpack the potential of the resource in my classroom.


Honing your Problem Solving Skills


This is a great site if you are looking to improve your general thinking skills, through solving problems in Maths & Science.


Who says Data can’t be exciting!


Hans Rosling & Visualising Data

This is still one of my favourite videos for understanding why Visuals can make a huge difference in translating Data into meaningful information. With the abundance of Data now being captured about our lives – I think there are some wonderful School Mathematics Projects just waiting to be done by inquisitive students.