Saturday, September 22, 2012

TED: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

TED Talk: Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears

Julian Treasure explains why we shouldn't be building open-plan classrooms, and why we should carefully plan the architecture of schools to ensure quality sound management.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Students Teaching Students

Today my class had a sharing circle with the neighbouring Year 8 class, aimed at teaching each other how to write CVs and cover letters.

The students were engaged and motivated, and overall it was agreed that the lesson was a real success.

View the post on our class blog (photo slideshow requires AJHS login).