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My aims for next year (2019-20) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Every year, at the beginning of the summer break, I like to take the opportunity to reflect and outline my goals for the next academic year. I can’t say that I achieve all of them every year, but the goal-setting, accountability and intentionality have led to some of my proudest achievements. I have just finished my favourite year of my career so far, and many of the highlights are a result of last year’s targets. I’m committed to these goals…

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Highlights from our digital media unit – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

On Friday, we had two class assemblies all about digital media and how people can use it to express themselves. As a blogger and social media advocate, I was bursting with pride. Our digital literacy coaches, Ryan Krakofsky and Fred Yue, were in the audience and loving it too. The assemblies rounded off a great How We Express Ourselves unit but, more importantly, demonstrated a huge mind shift in our school community. Digital media is something to embrace and leverage,…

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eight book recommendations for teachers – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

It’s that time of year again! Summer is just around the corner and I’m planning my reading list for some self-paced PD in the sun. I also like helping other teachers with their professional reading so, as I do every year, I have prepared a list of eight recommendations. This list is comprised of five books that I have read and personally recommend, and three books that I will read over the summer that have been recommended by others. Of…

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21st Century Learning Conference 2019 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the 11th Annual 21st Century Learning Conference (my first time at this event) and it was even better than I knew it would be. The only thing better than the presentations was the company. It was the biggest collection of amazing teachers that I have ever witnessed. So inspiring and energising! It felt like my entire PLN was there and it was very special to finally meet some of these connections face…

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I did it! Google Certified Innovator #SYD19 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

On Tuesday afternoon, I received an email from the Certified Innovator Program with ‘congratulations’ in the subject. I couldn’t believe it. I read the whole email twice just to make sure I hadn’t misinterpreted. Without thinking, I then slammed my hand on the desk in celebration (to the shock of the colleagues around me). I don’t recall any other email or piece of news ever making me feel that overjoyed! Five days later, I’m still pinching myself! I’m going to…

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Elevate Your Mindset – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, I had the great pleasure of meeting Trevor MacKenzie, author of Dive Into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset. He was briefly in Hong Kong with his two-day workshop. I was unable to attend but that didn’t stop us from getting together in the evening. After one or two drinks with our mutual friend, Jennifer Wathall (author of  Concept-Based Mathematics), I showed him some of the sights of Hong Kong. Trevor is exactly as he seems on Twitter: a genuinely nice guy…

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Teaching our Languages #TeachingOurLanguages (by Graham Noble) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Graham Noble is a Grade 4-6 ESL teacher at Delia School of Canada but will be starting an English-Humanities position at Han Academy, Hong Kong, in the fall of 2019. Graham completed an MA in International Education from the University of Bath. He writes about language, literacy, teaching and bilingualism on his blog. You can follow him on Twitter @grahamwnoble. I want to thank Adam for this opportunity to share about a project I started recently where I have invited ELLs…

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I said “the most dangerous phrase” this week – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

According to Grace Hopper, the most dangerous phrase in our language is ‘we’ve always done it this way’. This quote has been applied to education and, on multiple occasions, I have tweeted and retweeted it. I completely agree with the sentiment. Yet, this phrase spilled out of my mouth this week before I could stop it. Thankfully, my example is a trivial one with no great consequences, but the mistake made me want to revisit this topic and exemplify how…

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UK Blog Awards 2019 – Education Winner! #UKBA19 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

2019 is apparently my year! Just a few weeks after the exciting and unexpected news that I have been accepted as a Google Certified Innovator, it is with shock, disbelief and delight that I announce my UK Blog Awards success. Mr Hill’s Musings won in the Education category and is now an award-winning blog. Two days later, I still can’t wrap my head around that. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who made it happen. Thank you to…

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Becoming a Google Certified Innovator (podcast episode for ‘Making Better Teachers’) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

I am very proud to be the first ever returning guest on the Making Better Teachers podcast and I really appreciate the second invitation from host Kevin O’Shea. Kevin was interested in the Google Certified Innovator Academy and we also discussed my journey with other Google certifications. We had a really great chat and it is now available to listen to on the podcast (links below). It was, once again, a pleasure to join Kevin for Episode 20: Becoming a Google…

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Ten blogs that inspire this one (second edition) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

A while ago, I listed ten education blogs that inspire this one. If you missed it, I encourage you to read that first list and follow all of those inspirational bloggers. Those ten blogs continue to inspire me but, as suspected, I had forgotten some that also deserved to be on that list. I have also discovered many new blogs since then. Therefore, I have listed ten more blogs that inspire this one and deserve your attention (in no particular…

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Back to Tembak – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Tembak (remote Borneo) on a staff volunteering trip. I wrote about it in a previous post (click here to read it). This week, it was my absolute pleasure to return and, if possible, it was even more enjoyable and rewarding. Once again, the trip was in collaboration with Masarang HK, which our school supports (you can see our VSA logo on the Sintang Orangutan Center vehicle below). It was, again, wonderful…

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Sydney 2019 Google Certified Innovator Academy #SYD19 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, it was a great honour to attend the Google Certified Innovator Academy in Sydney and graduate as an official Innovator. I just joined the most phenomenal, inspiring and elite group of educators in the world and enjoyed the best week of my career! I’m struggling with this blog post because, genuinely, I don’t know where to start. I could choose any hour of this week at random and it would be worthy of a blog post in itself.…

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five books to inspire empathy – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

With Anti-Bullying Week 2018 kicking off tomorrow (Monday 12th November) and Tuesday 13th marking World Kindness Day 2018, it seems like an ideal time to discuss bullying and the important role that teachers play in preventing/combating it. According to Ditch The Label, more than half of young people experience bullying. As a result, one in three will self-harm and 37% will develop social anxiety and depression. With these sad statistics, it’s clear to see why they describe bullying as a…

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What are ‘soft’ skills and why do students need them more than ever? – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

In a recent workshop with Tania Lattanzio, she shared this video. As you watch it, consider its accompanying question: will our children be prepared? The world continues to evolve at an alarming pace. Education must keep up and reflect society otherwise we’re preparing children for a world that no longer exists. It’s important to point out that these game-changing innovations are being developed today. This is not a sci-fi, distant future. It’s not even a future that belongs solely to…

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Introducing our YouTube channel ‘For Teachers’ (by Katie Tollitt) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, I would like to pass creative control over to my friend Katie Tollitt, creator of For Teachers YouTube channel. Like me, Katie is keen to share her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with the teaching community. Alongside friend and co-creator Ryan Speed, she creates content about her current teaching role in Hong Kong as well as her experience teaching in the UK. As their first ever subscriber back in January, it has been exciting for me to watch the channel grow…

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