Recently, Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Greg Craven, spoke at the National Press Club on the issue of teacher quality, arguing that the ATAR (tertiary admission rank) is a deficient indicator for selection of candidates into teacher training degrees. His comments were made in response to the NSW Department of Education’s Great Teaching, Inspired Learning … More What makes a good teacher?
Last Thursday, our system hosted French Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès OP, the Vatican’s Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, who is responsible for Catholic educational institutions around the world. While speaking specifically to more than 1,000 leaders about the nature and purpose of Catholic education, I believe his analysis of the challenges schools face today, … More The human dimension of schooling
I caught an interview on CNN with Bill Gates reflecting on what he would do to change the education system in America. Gates said if he could change something about the system, he would ‘hire the best teachers’ and get them to learn from each other because the research on the influence of good teaching … More Our biggest investment
Is student-centred learning a given when we are talking about schooling in today’s world? Our system’s theory of action has the student at the centre but in recent times, I have begun to rethink whether the teacher should be at the centre. Without good teachers and leaders at the centre, can you improve the learning … More Teachers at the centre
Last night I attended the Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize, which recognises outstanding achievement in the NSW HSC by students who have some disability or have overcome major challenges in life. The Award is sponsored by the NSW Board of Studies. It was a moving experience listening to the stories of the three recipients. It … More No barriers to learning
If the success of An Inconvenient Truth in raising our collective consciousness is anything to go by, then Waiting for Superman will challenge and hopefully change long-held assumptions about schooling. Waiting for Superman is a documentary-film about the deteriorating state of America’s public education system. It is an honest, confronting and challenging expose. Essential viewing … More Waiting for Superman
How would students of last century have fared if their learning was personalised? It is the question asked by Ta-Nehisi Coates in his article for The Atlantic. Coates reflects on his own education in Baltimore in the 1980s and the fine line he and so many walked between drop-out and graduate. As a journalist, able to personalise … More Personalised learning
The Insight Program on SBS recently asked the question ‘what makes a great teacher and can you measure teacher effectiveness?’ I don’t believe we currently measure teacher quality or effectiveness well because we don’t have consensus yet around what makes a great teacher. In addition to this, the world has changed and what we expect … More What makes a great teacher?
It’s interesting to watch Twitter move from just another social networking tool to a powerful tool for professional conversations, social commentary and in some cases social change. I started using Twitter this year and am amazed by the number of educators who are reflecting on their practice, expounding ideas and seeking answers to challenging questions. Clif Mims recently shared … More Tapping into twitter