“An extract from a letter I sent to Mr Tomlinson...’High school was not about my most treasured memories. There were many aspects that do not bring back great memories, but there were highlights. It was wonderful, in retrospect, that we had a limited number of options – and making us stay in Mathematics was one. I was ok and probably, if I had a choice, would have stopped doing it after SC. It was in your class that it suddenly came together. That was the moment when all that rote learning began to make sense. I recall, in particular, that it was fun to work out angles in geometry questions, calculus I could see (movement and space), and algebra was always a favourite. It was your proficiency to make it all sense and have fun doing it. You spared us no secrets as to the amount of work we would have to do to master the level required, but your passionate love of your subject and enjoyment when we dummies got it. It was a no penalty class provided you put in the effort and listened’” (John Hattie, personal communication, April 5, 2016).
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- In examining your research on teacher-student relationships, in 2009 and 2011, the effect size of teacher-student relationships was 0.72. In 2015, the effect size dropped to 0.52. Just curious, as to what you attribute the drop in effect size?
- What is microteaching?
- I am very interested in using micro-teaching with my staff to improve their impact on student achievement next year. Do you know of any articles to read or schools or people that I can contact that have been practicing micro-teaching effectively?
- Do you think there should be opportunities for staff to learn about data analysis?
- Is being passionate something that we can learn?
- In your book you are talking about passion as a key element in teaching. What are the characteristics of this passion? How is one able to recognize a passionate teacher?
- Can teaching be effective even without passion? Why (not)?
- Have you been influenced by teacher? If yes, how did he/she actually influence you?
- What should I as an educator focus on?
- Where do you start to ensure that you are not repeating what has already been taught?