Not long ago, the principal of a large independent school in Sydney penned a letter imploring his parent community to behave appropriately toward teachers. As more and more parents become educated about their child’s schooling, it raises an important question – who has the right or responsibility of challenging teacher practice? As a society, we … More Who should challenge teachers?
I’ve had a long career in education and over that time I’ve been exposed to the ideas, opinions and theories of teachers, academics, colleagues and parents. But when I stop to think about those people who’ve had the greatest impact on my professional life, it would have to be what I refer to as the … More The educational elders
The number of students today reporting mental health issues is alarming. This month on bluyonder voices, I talk to Liz Gale, a secondary teacher who is not only living the mantra ‘healthy mind, healthy body’ but wants to spread the mental health message to her students and teacher colleagues.
There was a time when international standardised tests like PISA and TIMMS were used to provide meaningful insights into the quality of learning and teaching across educational jurisdictions. Nowadays these tests have been turned into weapons that are often used to rank, judge and compare educational systems creating what British educationist Sir Michael Barber calls … More Weaponising test data
I am consistently asked about my views on leadership and what makes a good educational leader. It seems the more we know about leadership, the less we actually understand. Personally, I avoid the temptation to list respond by giving just another list, which in my opinion, reduces leadership to a set of qualities that seem to … More What leads my learning
There are schools and then there are, as Yong Zhao says, schools like Templestowe College (TC) in Melbourne. This is a school that walks the talk in terms of students’ agency and voice over their learning. Hence their motto, ‘take control of your learning’. The impetus for transformation was a serious decline in enrolments and facing … More Take control of your learning
A recent report has called for the focus in education to be put “back on teaching, away from paperwork”. As someone who has spent four decades in education, I share the pain of pointless paperwork and meaningless marking. However, it’s important to set the record straight for what is often dismissed as “data”. The decisions we … More Teachers: don’t diss the data