“One more push and the end is in sight”

January 24, 2011

Crikey, it’s the last part of the degree!

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Not long now…


Starting action inquiry

January 20, 2011

So the inevitable final push is here. For me, this push is in the form of an Action Inquiry, focussed around the development of behaviour management. Preparation has been made for this to start this coming Monday where the first action will be to implement the ‘4 point plan’ developed by Bill Rogers.

Bill Rogers (2007)

This plan will be used in a series of lessons and observations will be made by colleagues to determine just how effective the use of the model has been within the lesson. I hope to initiate discussions with colleagues regarding the observations to help inform subsequent cycles of the inquiry, leading to a better utilisation of behaviour management in my classroom.

The aim is to complete three cycles over three weeks, I feel that this is enough time as collation of data and analysis will occur over the latter part of the week and the weekend and not let the process become too long winded. I also feel that conducting the inquiry over a three week period allows for a greater incident for reflection afterwards as if the inquiry were to be longer, it may not be as simple to look at the proceedings overall. Life has its ways of throwing curve balls and I am hoping that there shall be few of these over the three week period.

SWOT analysis

January 6, 2011

I write this post as a bit of an ‘off-topic’ exercise driven by demand. The analytics system of this site shows me how people get here and what they typed into their search enging to find it. For about the past six months I have noticed there has been a recurring theme of people looking for information on SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.

Stats from this site

To please the masses I thought I would post a few bits about SWOT analysis to satisfy reader demand 😉

I have not used SWOT analysis for a while within my studies, but it is something I have indeed found value in. You can see SWOT analysis used across the business, education, healthcare and nursing spectrum and that should show you just how valuable it can be. It’s basic principle is that it is a model for thinking about an objective. It guides thinking to consider the Strengths and Weaknesses of an aim or idea coupled with Opportunities and Threats posed to the aim or idea by the environment.

To link this idea to my own context, below is an extract from an earlier assignment of mine that used SWOT analysis to think about my ideas fot the module.

This allowed me to access the SWOT of a past module and was essentially used as a reflection exercise.

So there you go, a few brief bits on SWOT, nothing in great detail, I know, but with any luck it will prove to be at least some use to someone.

2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 72 posts. There were 17 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 9th with 19 views. The most popular post that day was The four stages of learning.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were researchers.ultraversity.net, bigextracash.com, ultraversitybloggers.blogspot.com, samuelsbay.wordpress.com, and firstclass.ultraversity.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for swot analysis sample, swot analysis nursing, swot analysis, sample swot analysis, and my swot analysis.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The four stages of learning September 2010
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Trial dissemination method October 2010


Development of a new skill within Moodle March 2010
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What is a ‘learning organisation’? February 2010


About September 2008