Crowding the curriculum

Some interesting articles in the weekend papers calling for the teaching of martial arts and alcohol education in schools to address the issues of bullying and binge-drinking. It seems that whenever there is a need to change behaviours or address attitudes we look to the curriculum.  Is this the role of a curriculum?  Is it the … More Crowding the curriculum

Beyond curriculum

I have lost count of the number of curriculum reviews I have lived through as an educator and I’m yet to be convinced that past or even current curriculum reviews actually address the real issue of how teachers’ work.  It is one thing to strip back a curriculum to allow teachers greater flexibility and freedom to go deeper … More Beyond curriculum

Creativity crisis

There has been a lot of discussion around the topic of creativity.  Educators and society in general seem to agree on the importance of creativity – but do our schools provide a fertile ground for our teachers and students to develop and cultivate this attribute? In Will Richardson’s blog, he argues that on the whole … More Creativity crisis

A relevant curriculum

Over recent decades, the term curriculum has been used in different ways.  When I was teaching, curriculum was understood as lists of subjects, learning areas and courses of study.  You had the syllabus and it told you everything you needed to teach to your class.  We know this content-prescriptive approach limited the scope of teachers to … More A relevant curriculum

Just a teacher

Another school year has ended with some great results in the Higher School Certificate.  Well done to the teachers who have laid the foundations on which our departing Year 12 students will build upon next year. Behind every successful student is a great teacher supported by a collaborative team of other professionals and instructional leaders.  … More Just a teacher

Adding value

I’ve enjoyed my short visit to Learning and Teaching Scotland. As is often the case with these sorts of visits you get so much out of the informal discussions, some of which can go on well into the evenings! The generosity of time and sharing of professional expertise of these busy people is always amazing. You … More Adding value

A national curriculum

I find it interesting that just as the world is opening up to new possibilities of accessing and sharing information, connecting and collaborating globally, the government’s strategic policy focus is defining what should be learned by all students in all Australian schools today. Perhaps the new draft K-10 national curriculum is more a response to … More A national curriculum