If you’ve been following the musings on bluyonder, you’ll know I’m no fan of the traditional model of schooling. The reason is pretty simple – the structure as it stands drives the learning. Those who have worked in schools will know the timetable controls everything – who learns what, when and with whom. Often in … More Dare we disturb the universe?
This blog is more than a decade old and some 500 posts later it is easy to ask what’s the point of blogging? Prolific blogger Seth Godin explains it this way: Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more … More The educational blogosphere
In this month’s podcast, I speak to Dr Louise Stoll, Professor of Professional Learning at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning. Louise was in Sydney this week to deliver the annual Ann D Clark lecture for 2018. Louise has spent the last two decades examining the idea of schools as learning organisations. She knows … More Bluyonder voices podcast # 10 – schools as learning organisations
I heard a story recently about an English teacher using the class’s interest in sport to motivate and engage them in their lessons. The parent relaying this was so impressed by the ‘personalisation’ of learning. Many parents think that differentiating instruction for the class is the same as personalising learning for the child. In fact, … More Personalised learning: not an optional preference
Much of the discussion at the recent uLead conference was on how we lead schools in today’s world. As you can imagine, there was a smorgasbord of opinions that yielded interesting discussion and important insights. The benefit of attending such conferences is that it often provokes and stimulates your own thinking as was the case when … More The predispositions of school leadership
You could say teaching has been a life-long passion for Lyn Sharratt that began with an inspirational teacher in Grade 3. In addition to her numerous publications and her role as Associate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto, Lyn travels to jurisdictions around the world to support, inspire and … More Bluyonder voices podcast #9 – owning the faces
Society is awash with data and so are schools and school systems. The good news is most of this data is available electronically. The gap in terms of our use of data in schools is we have never had an overarching framework which brings structure, clarity and flow to the analysis. While we may have … More Looking at educational data through a sharper lens