Ask the insiders

I spent the first week of the NSW school holidays at the ACEL national conference in Sydney. I was amazed that many teachers had travelled from as far away as Western Australia to attend. It was great to see such strong commitment to professional learning and networking but the irony is that most return to … More Ask the insiders

Contemporary schooling needs to be seen to be believed

When schools and systems have the audacity and courage to challenge the status quo, they are often labelled as experimental or worse, irresponsible. Our system has copped its fair share of criticism over the years for taking an ‘experimental’ approach to learning and teaching. While some in the wider community may view it as experimental, … More Contemporary schooling needs to be seen to be believed

Who is my class?

When ‘Teacher Professional Learning and Development: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES)‘ was published in 2007, we invited one of the lead authors, Professor Helen Timperley to speak about the teacher inquiry cycle and its effect on improved learning outcomes. More than a decade on, we are still referring to the ‘inquiry cycle’ in our conversations … More Who is my class?

Schooling: the new frontier in customer experience

It’s difficult to escape ‘customer experience’ in today’s world. At a conference I attended earlier this year, one of the presenters spoke about the ‘Uber experience’ and how it had become the gold standard in terms of how they rated all interactions with other businesses/organisations. Most businesses today invest significant time and money understanding their … More Schooling: the new frontier in customer experience

Curriculum unlimited

The whole notion of the school curriculum has, in recent times, been subjected to insistent pressures and numerous reviews. In fact, we are awaiting the recommendations of a review into the NSW curriculum to ensure it is ‘preparing students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.’ The realisation that the Industrial Age … More Curriculum unlimited

Bluyonder voices podcast #14 – Championing learning

When schools get it right they don’t just have a positive impact on students but the entire community. Recently, I learned that two of my colleagues decided to embark on a career working in and for schools because of the opportunity to see great teachers in action. One of those is Cheryl Brown, principal Bethany … More Bluyonder voices podcast #14 – Championing learning