time for great teaching – a report on how

  I’ve recently read the Gratton Report “Making time for great teaching“. In the executive summary is says: Government regulations restrict schools. Enterprise bargaining agreements restrict changes to work schedules, and duty of care requirements restrain schools that want to free their teachers from child minding to focus on improving… Read more“time for great teaching – a report on how”

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”

Instructional Rounds restarts in 2012 in the Beachside Network

Earlier this month the Beachside Network of Schools Instructional Rounds group had its first ‘Round”. Thanks to the generous support of the teachers from Black Rock PS a group of principal class educators gathered to discuss instruction with a focus on differentiated Instruction. We also heard about a potential problem… Read more“Instructional Rounds restarts in 2012 in the Beachside Network”

Building Classroom Learning Communities

  One of last week’s walk-through foci was on classroom learning communities. These are some of the images I captured on the walk-through. At the start of each school year we as a staff and teachers in all classrooms expect to build learning communities. We devote time each February for this and the… Read more“Building Classroom Learning Communities”

Three improvement strategies to make a difference to relationships and learning.

Over the past 2 months we have focused on preparing our teachers to differentiate instruction. I’m writing this post to explain to readers within my own community why this emphasis on preparation and why we need to adopt three different strategies at the same time to gain the improvement in… Read more“Three improvement strategies to make a difference to relationships and learning.”

How far have we come as teachers in using technology to engage learners?

Have a quick flick through this presentation as we in Australia shut down for the summer school holiday period. I’m reminded of a now famous quote “Yes we can” when I see this. I remember as far back as the spirit duplicator – what about you? The presentation comes from… Read more“How far have we come as teachers in using technology to engage learners?”

Teenagers in primary school – challenges on engagement and connectedness.

I have just finished sending in my last assignment for this semester [Masters Course] and with some relief I am now able to get some of my life back and amongest other things write a bit more on my blog. My assignment was the first stage of my research project… Read more“Teenagers in primary school – challenges on engagement and connectedness.”

Open Culture Site

I was recently directed to this open culture site which has free videos and other media that are accessible to all. They have listed the top 10 sites that have free media material for education. I looked at the Australian Screen Archive [I looked at a short clip about the file… Read more“Open Culture Site”

Twitter – what for?

Thanks to Chris Betcher, a teacher I found this clip on twitter which is one of the more popular social networking tools out now. PURPOSE. PURPOSE. PURPOSE is everything. Without a purpose lets not rush into this – I’m still at blogs presenting purposeful reflection and the sharing of resources… Read more“Twitter – what for?”

Interactive Whiteboard Sites

Tonight I stumbled upon Bill Gaskins blog which lists some tremendous sites for teachers who have interactive whiteboards. I really like the edheadsites as well as the national geographic sites – they are well worth a visit – thanks Bill Sites Virtual Knee Surgery: http://edheads.org/activities/knee/index.htm Virtual Hip Replacement Surgery http://edheads.org/activities/hip/index.htm Crash… Read more“Interactive Whiteboard Sites”

Breaking down silos to make sense of networks.

As a principal of a school we all know about the benefits of breaking down the walls of classrooms or silos so that the teachers can learn from each other and question each other so that we build the collective professional understandings needed to improve learning outcomes for students. So what’s… Read more“Breaking down silos to make sense of networks.”


Last week I found a site that might interest teachers of older students. Its an online dictionary that has videos uploaded from people trying to explain the word. It’s interactive and  encourages people to leave comments. It uses youtube so it might be blocked on some schools. http://www.wordia.com/

Teacher challenges in setting up creative, collaborative and competitive learning spaces in classrooms.

It’s near the end of the school year here in Victoria and the pressure is on to finish the school year [student reports have been distributed, class lists finalised with the transition session tomorrow morning, the roll over of our administrative, financial and student welfare / assessment and reporting systems,… Read more“Teacher challenges in setting up creative, collaborative and competitive learning spaces in classrooms.”