Ask the insiders

I spent the first week of the NSW school holidays at the ACEL national conference in Sydney. I was amazed that many teachers had travelled from as far away as Western Australia to attend. It was great to see such strong commitment to professional learning and networking but the irony is that most return to … More Ask the insiders

The third teacher

The Reggio Emilia approach highlighted the importance of the physical environment on learning and teaching.  The incorporation of the physical environment (in Reggio Emilia) to enhance early childhood experiences is seen as the child’s ‘third teacher’. Stephen Heppell has been working for two decades on raising the status of the ‘third teacher’ within the K-12 … More The third teacher

Making circles

Stephen Heppell wrote recently that schools of the future must be “places in which difficult, exciting, challenging, engaging, complex learning happens, rather than being where uniform education is delivered.” In Tokyo, there is a kindergarten that has been designed as a place for exciting, difficult and engaging play (learning).  Its circular design literally places students at the … More Making circles

Rule of three

In schooling, it seems the rule of three applies.  Here’s a few: Elmore’s instructional core: content, teacher skill/knowledge and student engagement; Bransford et al’s theory of how people learn: connections, context and metacognition; Dr Peter Hill’s three goals for the national curriculum: personalised, professional and precision. Susan LaRosa and Dr Bill Hogarth from York District … More Rule of three