Australia has its Sport Hall of Fame, the US has its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but where are the Education Halls of Fame? We can name the great teachers that have touched our lives but what about the great school leaders? There are a plethora of books on educational leaders and educational leadership but … More Looking for the next generation leader
Richard Branson wrote a fantastic piece last month on why there is no such thing as an ‘average’ human being. Reflecting on his own experience he writes, ‘The concept of ‘average’ has failed us in many different aspects of life – most notably in our educational institutions.’ Branson wants to see an education system that isn’t geared … More Opening the door to learning
It seems quite ironic the most effective way of becoming an independent learner is through the process of interacting with others. This was social psychologist Lev Vygotsky‘s zone of proximal development argument. Essentially we learn best when we learn from and with others. Alma Harris and Michelle Jones from the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of … More Deeper learning is shared learning
Why is it that so many students struggle with numeracy? Is it coincidence that Asian countries out perform the rest of the world when it comes to maths? Do we as teachers perpetuate the view that maths is intrinsically difficult? Seven years ago, the National Numeracy Review recommended greater emphasis in the early years be given to ‘providing students with frequent … More Making maths meaningful
For the past year, we have been fortunate to have two Spanish sisters working in the agile learning space at St Monica’s Primary, North Parramatta. It’s been a great cross-cultural experience for all involved. They say the children are helping to correct their English! In Spain, Sr Maria and Sr Teresa were the principals of two progressive K-12 … More The great art of companionship
Earlier this month I was asked to be a part of a three speaker panel to discuss the topic of Catholic schooling in Australia. The panel was part of the University of Notre Dame’s silver anniversary celebrations in Australia. This was my contribution on the history and future of Catholic schooling.
Harvard Professor, Richard Elmore once asked ‘is it possible that schools can continue to operate in the 19th century while the rest of society moves into the 21st century?’ The simple answer is no – although the adversarial position historically adopted by unions suggests otherwise. NSW and ACT Catholic employers are currently in the process of discussions with staff and … More Enterprising schools