Resources by themselves are not sufficient to improve language learning in Victorian or for that matter Australian schools?

Once again students learning another language hits the newspaper headlines: The trouble with languages in primary schools Time to mind our languages Interestingly it hits the headlines in the only state in Australia (Victoria) that mandates languages be taught in schools despite it being in the Australian curriculum. So what’s… Read more“Resources by themselves are not sufficient to improve language learning in Victorian or for that matter Australian schools?”

young people’s anger – here’s one thought.

I’m fortunate as a school leader that my teachers share their ideas and thoughts with me. This is one teachers share last week that resonates so strongly with me – how does one promote young people’s conversations about dealing with emotions (in this case anger). If your running a classroom… Read more“young people’s anger – here’s one thought.”

Anzac Day Service at School: Lest we forget.

Recently our year 3 and 4 students led the school in the annual Anzac Day commemoration service. The service which dates back 100 years is to acknowledge those men and women who served in our armed services in conflicts and peace keeping missions. The students investigate what the commemorative service… Read more“Anzac Day Service at School: Lest we forget.”

Provoking student interest in learning

I say again I’m in a fortunate role as principal to see some amazing products and processes of learning and I’m guilty of not sharing these as often as I should. So here goes: the first two photos show an 11-year-old student’s investigation into the scientific understandings behind whirlpools. Students… Read more“Provoking student interest in learning”

Spending too much time after lunch in early intervention conversations?

Recently we had Marg Armstrong do a refresher at our staff meeting on the need to continually build relationships in classrooms and across the staff. We sat in a circle at our staff meeting and Marg regrouped us according to how far we were born away from the school. It… Read more“Spending too much time after lunch in early intervention conversations?”

Alberta and Victoria: separated by two great oceans but close in educational thinking.

I have just finished rereading a 2012 research paper on transforming education in Alberta Canada. I found it a great read. I didn’t know for example that Alberta has been Canada’s highest performing province for over a decade. Andy Hargreaves wrote in the foreword the paper seeks a “more sophisticated… Read more“Alberta and Victoria: separated by two great oceans but close in educational thinking.”

Mandarin the 4th most popular language in primary schools! (updated)

I woke up yesterday to read from a local newspaper that¬†Mandarin is now the fourth most-popular choice for primary school pupils in Victoria. The article went on to say: The news comes as schools prepare for the introduction of compulsory foreign language education, starting with prep next year. Traditional European… Read more“Mandarin the 4th most popular language in primary schools! (updated)”