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
After another big school year, I’m now on professional leave for the next few weeks where the bulk of my time will be attending an advanced leaders course at Cambridge. I’ll also be visiting some innovative schools and meeting with educational authorities in England and Scandinavia. The focus will be on how these schools and … More The academisation of schools
I’ve worked in education for more than three decades and the brilliance of children never ceases to amaze. When you have a conversation with a young person you realise how curious and switched on they are about the world around them. Perhaps one of the reasons why young people are so creatively minded is because they … More Today’s learners are stellar
Australia has its Sport Hall of Fame, the US has its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but where are the Education Halls of Fame? We can name the great teachers that have touched our lives but what about the great school leaders? There are a plethora of books on educational leaders and educational leadership but … More Looking for the next generation leader
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
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
I had a chance to catch up recently with Tony Bryant, principal of Silverton Primary School in Victoria. If you’ve been reading bluyonder for a while you’ll know that I’ve visited Silverton PS over several years. I believe Tony is one of this country’s most innovative school leaders and as he would tell you, their … More Silverton’s silver lining
This week I’m in South Africa for the second part of the CSCLeaders conference. While en route to Johannesburg, I had time to think about whether schools have passed their use by date. And if so, where do we go from here? I don’t believe the answer lies in dissolving or deconstructing schools but rather … More Use by date for schools?
The New Media Consortium will release its 2012 K-12 Edition of the Horizon Report next month. I’ve read this with great interest over past years as it identifies and describes emerging technologies which will impact on education over the next 1-5 years. If you’re interested, you can read through the Horizon Project preview – it predicts that … More Are we trend setters or chasers?
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