Taking the PISA bait

It’s been difficult to ignore the recent post-PISA media coverage. And if you are to believe the loudest voices in the discussion, a return to ‘back-to-basics’ education will guarantee Australia’s future success in the rankings. Thankfully there are those like Professor Yong Zhao who continue to interrogate PISA’s ‘magical’ powers over policy-makers. Furthermore, PISA continues … More Taking the PISA bait

The practice of collaboration

Anecdotally at least, teachers are likely to learn when they interact with other teachers.  The process of mentoring, coaching and feedback are powerful strategies for empowering and enabling teachers. Never before have we needed more intellectual rigour as our schools respond to the challenges of a national curriculum, 21st century pedagogies and a mercurial education agenda. This … More The practice of collaboration