Bluyonder voices #4 – a connected school leader

I hope you have been enjoying bluyonder voices so far; if you like the podcasts then please rate on iTunes. John Goh is what I would call a connected principal in today’s world. He’s on social media (@johnqgoh), writes a blog,  is on twitter every Thursday evening hosting #ozprimschchat and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education. … More Bluyonder voices #4 – a connected school leader

Bluyonder voices #3 – next generation teachers

In case you haven’t marked it on your calendar, October the 27th is World Teacher’s Day. It is often easy to dismiss these UNESCO events, however Friday is an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution teachers make to the lives of students, their communities and society. As I’ve said before, we have never needed good … More Bluyonder voices #3 – next generation teachers

Underrating students’ capacity to learn

There is sufficient recognition that our current model of schooling underrates students’ ability to learn particularly those who sit outside of the bell curve. All too often the bar is too low or unrealistically high. Those who fail to meet the narrow measures are considered non-academic and thus, not bright. Yet outside in the real … More Underrating students’ capacity to learn

Why conservatism is failing students

I was interviewed for the Weekend Australia (23 September 2017) on a range of issues including the misuse of NAPLAN, the irrelevancy of the Higher School Certificate and the need for a more purposeful and personalised curriculum. Understandably, these views (which are not inconsistent with others championing educational change) were not given the thumbs up … More Why conservatism is failing students

Failure Week

There’s been quite a bit of media coverage on the decision by Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School to introduce ‘Failure Week’ as a way of normalising failure. The rationale behind this was a growing concern about student well-being and the negative impact ‘failure’ was having on students’ self-confidence and achievement. Former Labor leader Mark Latham referred … More Failure Week