Why aren’t us parents seeing any benefit in smaller class sizes?

I have just responded to this post by a parent: As a parent, the Bloomfield Public School system has sold smaller class sizes as part of their narrative. The experience of my two children has been a DECREASE in group interaction and all of the other good things that should… Read more“Why aren’t us parents seeing any benefit in smaller class sizes?”

Choosing Schools

Parents choosing schools based on the ‘vibe’ and community rather than test scores and fancy facilities This newspaper article attracted my attention over the weekend as it resonated with my experience as both a parent and school leader. In my last school as principal I conducted at least 150 sixty… Read more“Choosing Schools”

School timetables are factors in lesson structures!

I have a wondering whether a school timetable influences the way instruction is planned in classrooms? Now I know the answer is obviously yes from a practical perspective but the deeper question I’m pondering is do those timetable influenced instructional decisions enhance or detract from learning.? Primary school timetables are structured on… Read more“School timetables are factors in lesson structures!”

Extended family holidays – an opportunity or a threat to learning?

Last week I was engaged in my school’s peer review process and we tossed around a question on extended student absence from school for family travel purposes. You see extended family holidays are close to the number one reason why young people miss school at my school. Just last week… Read more“Extended family holidays – an opportunity or a threat to learning?”

Are schools are at a “Tipping Point” in supplying ICT to students!

I’m writing this post to explore viewpoints on a school’s capacity to supply ICT to students – for I propose schools are at a “tipping point” in their attempts to achieve this by themselves. A little context perhaps: About 10 years ago our Department of Education set a target for… Read more“Are schools are at a “Tipping Point” in supplying ICT to students!”

Dysfunctional Teams

Thanks to Greg Carroll, a principal in NZ, I found this clip on dysfunctional teams which seems to make some sense. We often hear about how to build teams and make productive meetings well this clips comes from the other perspective. The key word TRUST and leaders being prepared to… Read more“Dysfunctional Teams”

The honour of presenting at Harvard

A few weeks ago we were asked to present our work on changing a school culture whilst engaging with the ‘Data Wise’ inquiry process at Harvard. It’s an honour to be invited for it acknowledges our work and commitment to our school community. We fly out next week and I’ll… Read more“The honour of presenting at Harvard”

Hattie on the effects of various influences on student achievement: winners and disasters.

Last week our school leadership team spent the day with Professor John Hattie from Auckland University and his team from the the Visible learning Lab.  John has published his research in a book title Visible Learning and presents at lots of conferences  and to various governments on what works to… Read more“Hattie on the effects of various influences on student achievement: winners and disasters.”

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

This is the third recent post on the direction of education in schools. In the first post I used the work of Sir Ken Robinson who gave us an outline of the history of public education and some of the challenges we now face. I also used the work of Chris Betcher,… Read more“Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education”

One to One Computing

This book takes a serious historical and international look at the “digital pencil” movement to equip every student with a computing device with wireless connection. Using an ecological perspective as an overarching framework, and drawing on their own studies and available literature that illuminate the issues related to one-to-one computing,… Read more“One to One Computing”

7 survival skills for 21st century classrooms and schools: post 2

After listening to Sir Ken Robinson talk about the history of education and challenge why we do things and then listen to Chris Betcher continue the challenge with a DaVinci in the classrooms – I poist so what do we need to do? To help answer this question its useful… Read more“7 survival skills for 21st century classrooms and schools: post 2”

think divergently – encourage a DaVinci in your class or school [this century]: Post one

Sometimes you just stumble upon a great resource that helps you to challenge your own thinking. Well here is one by a well known writer, thinker and talker… Sir Ken Robinson. This clip is one to use and challenge others thoughts – perhaps staff  about why we do things. It’s also a… Read more“think divergently – encourage a DaVinci in your class or school [this century]: Post one”

Hard lessons for better leadership

I’ve been feeling a mixture of guilt, fatigue and overload over the past month as I grapple with work commitments and university study so the blog has gone somewhat quiet of late. But I couldn’t help notice this article by Professor John Hattie published in the Age Newspaper. A FEW days… Read more“Hard lessons for better leadership”

Yong Zhao speaks about the limitations of test scores to define good schools

Yong Zhao a University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education at Michigan State University and international consultant to many governments talks here about the dangers of the narrow use of national test scores to define what students need. I heard him speak recently at our Statewide forum on the… Read more“Yong Zhao speaks about the limitations of test scores to define good schools”

Teachers not getting quality feedback and recognition

I have just finished hearing a report on the state of teacher performance reviews in Australia completed by the Grattan Institute. Its a fairly controversial report as reported in the education review, ABC in South Australia, Australia ‘fails in teacher evaluation’ in the Sydney Morning Herald Australia ‘fails in teacher… Read more“Teachers not getting quality feedback and recognition”