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

Voices of learning

I’m trying to avoid cliches as we begin another school year but I do believe there is a greater willingness in schools to listen to the voice of learners. We are by no means where we need to be but I am buoyed when I visit schools to see students as ‘teachers’ – discussing their … More Voices of learning

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

Heppell Part 2

We’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Stephen Heppell back to the diocese. Stephen spent three days during the last week of term 3 at one of our secondary schools to challenge teacher thinking and deepen student engagement. It’s always engaging to hear someone as passionate as Stephen talk to teachers about the opportunities and challenges of … More Heppell Part 2