What students want

I like Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley’s assertion in the Fourth Way that ‘Without students, there would be no teachers. Their voices matter a lot.’ It does seem incongruous that in a student-centred model, students have little input into process.  In an attempt to rectify this, Hargreaves and Shirley include students as partners of change … More What students want


Parramatta Marist recently introduced Year 10 students to 151 – the extension of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) model into the senior curriculum. Unlike PBL, the 151 model gives students an introductory period (1), whole day (5 periods) and a follow up period (1) per subject over a two week cycle.   This allows teachers to work intensively with senior … More 151

Hot-house of Innovation or Not?

You may have read about the University of Queensland’s new interactive lecture theatre in The Australian (Touchscreen lectures speed feedback, 5 May). The theatre has a high-res touchscreen for instantaneous feedback; linking to students’ mobiles, laptops and iPods and is being used across disciplines. The university says the interactive facility encourages student collaboration, feedback and … More Hot-house of Innovation or Not?