The facts about educational fads

I don’t believe quality instruction ever left the classroom. Successful teachers have always had a thorough understanding of how students learn and have adopted and adapted pedagogies informed by research, reflection and inquiry. The essential principles of effective learning provide us with the foundations of appropriate pedagogies but they must be creatively applied in ways which maximise opportunities and … More The facts about educational fads

Lessons learned

Monday’s Sydney Morning Herald featured an article on the learning spaces at one of our schools, St Monica’s Primary, North Parramatta.  Our approach as a system of schools is to to ensure the provision of a relevant and contemporary learning experience for every child, and to create a professionally rewarding professional life for all our … More Lessons learned

The practice of collaboration

Anecdotally at least, teachers are likely to learn when they interact with other teachers.  The process of mentoring, coaching and feedback are powerful strategies for empowering and enabling teachers. Never before have we needed more intellectual rigour as our schools respond to the challenges of a national curriculum, 21st century pedagogies and a mercurial education agenda. This … More The practice of collaboration

Heppell and Reeves

I had a chance to catch up with two outstanding educational leaders this week: Stephen Heppell and Douglas Reeves. Stephen spent part of the week working with a group of teachers – sharing knowledge and building critical mass around 21st century learning and teaching. Integral to the discussion is how we design schools and learning … More Heppell and Reeves