Here we will be providing a collection of articles that will be of interest to teachers. Great to add to your professional reading list.

Teaching with a Feather addresses six parent concerns.

Follow this link for suggested TWAF strategies to address six parent concerns.


Making Thinking Visible:

I have included a link to Ron Ritchhart who has been a researcher at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education since 1994.  His research focuses on understanding how to develop, nurture, and sustain thoughtful learning environments for both students and teachers. His interest in “cultures of thinking” has lead him to conduct research in such areas as intellectual character, mindfulness, thinking dispositions,  teaching for understanding, creativity in teaching, and the development of communities of practice.

Well worth investigating! Ron Richart resources

The Granny Cloud

Read about the “Grannies” Skyping with children in India and Colombia… and Greenland… and Cambodia. In fact, all round the globe! Lots of motivated people malking a difference to the lives of children


Supporting Motivation in Early Learners

Here is a thought provoking article by Dr Helen Street relating to reward systems and behaviour management. Are rewards helping or hindering your students?



Ten ways to Promote the Natural Genius By Andrew Fuller

This article by Andrew Fuller comes from the Positive Times website.

Interested in positive education for positive schools? Check the Positive Schools website for lots of informative articles.


A Short Biography of Alfred Adler


Stars, Stickers and Other Myths of Motivation by Dr Helen Street:

Helen discusses the effects of extrinsic rewards given to students. Highly recommended reading. Helen provides ideas that challenge current management practises.


The Importance of Sleep – John Joseph and Dr Sarah Blunden

This article discusses the general understanding of the purposes of sleep, and issues associated with insufficient sleep, with the intention of using that information to plan for healthy sleep lifestyles for children and teenagers. The article draws extensively on the work of South Australian Sleep Psychologist, Dr Sarah Blunden, co-author of this paper.

An interesting read for teachers with relevant information to teach students during a Health and Well Being unit of work.

John spoke at a Professional Development session I attended and has been a motivating force in my quest for developing new teaching and learning ideas.

John has a real passion for neuroeducation. His focus is on learning: how it happens; how to maximise it; how to inspire it in students; and practical strategies to enhance it.

Inquiry Learning

For teachers and students passionate about Inquiry Learning – read about Sugata Mitra’s ‘School in the Cloud’ project.

Check this link for ‘Big Inquiry Questions’.  You can get students to submit ‘Big’ Questions on the site.

I want to try the TWAF strategies, how do I start?

Here’s One Way!

Follow this link for an introductory idea plus Teaching with a Feather Combination Packages.


Transforming Students’ Motivation to Learn

Carol S. Dweck

This is an exciting time for our brains. More and more research is showing that our brains change constantly with learning and experience and that this takes place throughout our lives.

Does this have implications for students’ motivation and learning? It certainly does. In my research in collaboration with my graduate students, we have shown that what students believe about their brains — whether they see their intelligence as something that’s fixed or something that can grow and change — has profound effects on their motivation, learning, and school achievement (Dweck, 2006). These different beliefs, or mindsets, create different psychological worlds: one in which students are afraid of challenges and devastated by setbacks, and one in which students relish challenges and are resilient in the face of setbacks.

How do these mindsets work? How are the mindsets communicated to students? And, most important, can they be changed? As we answer these questions, you will understand why so many students do not achieve to their potential, why so many bright students stop working when school becomes challenging, and why stereotypes have such profound effects on students’ achievement. You will also learn how praise can have a negative effect on students’ mindsets, harming their motivation to learn.

Follow the link to read more.

Very interesting article – Well worth a read


Sugata Mitra – Sole Program:

Help make Sugata Mitra’s wish a reality by downloading SOLE: How to Bring Self-Organized Learning Environments to Your Community.

Specifically designed for you, this step-by-step guide will prepare you to ignite the fire of curiosity in kids at home, in school or at after-school programs.


From the Hole In The Wall to the School In The Cloud

The story so far….

Children have the ability to teach themselves. Inspiring reading from Sugata Mitra and his Hole in the Wall and School in the Cloud projects.