We have a tendency in education to search for immediate solutions to challenges, which often end up as partial solutions anyway. At a state and federal level, we’re in an election cycle where parties are promising more structural change such as smaller classes, more teachers, better buildings etc. I understand how appealing these are to … More What is the impact of teachers?
Recently I attended the third Biennial National Education Forum, convened jointly every two years by all state and territory Australian governments to track and share progress in education from around Australia against the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians – an agreement between state, territory and commonwealth Education Ministers on a shared … More The mind has moved
I’ve been waving the flag for some time about teacher performance and how the profession is addressing (or not addressing) this issue. If you haven’t already done so, download the Grattan Institute’s report What teachers Want: Better teacher management by Ben Jensen. It cites OECD figures in which 63% of Australian teachers believe evaluation of their work is undertaken for no other … More Want teachers want
The Insight Program on SBS recently asked the question ‘what makes a great teacher and can you measure teacher effectiveness?’ I don’t believe we currently measure teacher quality or effectiveness well because we don’t have consensus yet around what makes a great teacher. In addition to this, the world has changed and what we expect … More What makes a great teacher?