Author Archives: Dean Kuran

About Dean Kuran

I'm a primary school teacher at an IB PYP school in Melbourne, Australia. I believe in establishing positive environments in which students can develop confidence and curiosity, while nurturing the skills that will benefit them outside of the learning space.

Dear Mr and Mrs Kuran…

I used to fear getting my reports sent home when I was a student. Not that I was the worst behaved in the class, but I was far from the best. I loved school; loved being with my friends, finding … Continue reading

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Student choice and ownership of learning

Our goal for this year is to ‘Increase opportunities for ownership of learning’. We, as a whole class, have discussed what owning learning means. The responses were profound: Teachers walk us to the door – but they don’t push us through Teachers … Continue reading

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Letting Go of Ticking Boxes

This term we have been exploring addition and subtraction in our number strand. Our data informed us that many of our students had already reached benchmark level for the end of the year. I had been struggling to find learning engagements … Continue reading

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5 Things That Are Growing On Me In Education

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset The generosity and professionalism of my PLN The moral obligation we have as educators to share with others what works (and what doesn’t) Making learning more purposeful through a culture of thinking Being a leader and … Continue reading

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Google Apps for Education – Planning, Assessment, Collaboration

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Time For Action

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. – Bill Bradley Most of my blog posts are reflective but this time I’m thinking about my own ‘action’. I’m often looking around for ways to extend myself … Continue reading

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Collaborative reflections on our unit of inquiry

We have arrived at the end of our second unit of inquiry for the year. Our transdisciplinary theme was ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ and our central idea was ‘People use systems to organise information and acquire knowledge’. We visited some … Continue reading

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