Know your learners

Here’s a question – do you believe all students can learn?  If you said yes and you’re a teacher or leader, are there examples at your school of students who aren’t achieving gains in their learning?  How do you reconcile the two?  Here’s another question – if you were asked to list ten things that … More Know your learners

Re-phrase it

One of the things that I enjoy when attending conferences is meeting like-minded and passionate teachers. Last month I presented at the Re-think and Re-imagine Conference at Deakin University and ran into Thom Fraser.  Thom is a Year 6 teacher at Warrnambool Primary in Victoria and has developed a literacy program called Re-phrase it. The program … More Re-phrase it

A national goal

Interesting article recently by Peter Holmes a Court on the positive changes taking place in the far north Queensland town of Aurukun.   At the heart of reform measures is  a focus on improving education participation and retention. At the beginning of 2010, not one student in the township was reading ‘at their normal grade … More A national goal

Teacher learning

I spoke to over 100 teachers on Friday at a Mindful Learning: Mindful Teaching meeting. ML:MT is our system’s response to the federal government’s national partnership to improve literacy and numeracy in primary schools. I stressed two key points to the cohort: Although MySchool has dominated the media in the last three weeks, it is not … More Teacher learning