“Necessary but not sufficient”

  This phrase “necessary but not sufficient” has been ringing in my ears of recent weeks when thinking about those students who are achieving below minimim standards. I first heard Paul Brock use the phase and subsequently I have used it when speaking to teachers about our NAPLAN data.  I was… Read more““Necessary but not sufficient””

The Class Size Debate

I was fortunate to meet John Hattie recently who is one academic I often quote in my work. John Hattie is from New Zealand and has been researching amongst other things the effects of various strategies or innovations on student learning. As I start to plan the 2009 school year I… Read more“The Class Size Debate”

Leadership Footprints

  I’m on holidays in Queensland this week for a break before the final term which is usually jammed packed full of tasks. Next week Sarah, the assistant principal, and I are presenting a research paper on our instructional leadership work of walkthroughs and using protocols to look at student… Read more“Leadership Footprints”

Turning on the lights in a dark room.

This Fathers Day I was spoilt with a cooked breakfast, a lazy morning watching a not so old movie and midday basketball training. The not so old movie was Freedom Writers staring Hilary Swank. For those of you not familiar with this true story its about a teacher who doesn’t give up… Read more“Turning on the lights in a dark room.”

tests and the Rudd education revolution

Today the Prime Minister of Austalia, Hon Kevin Rudd delivered a speech at the National Press Club on the education revolution. I received a transcript of the speech which for me had several highlights: While Australian schools stand up reasonably well in international comparisons, our competitors are quickly catching up…. Read more“tests and the Rudd education revolution”

Northern Territory students visit Elsternwick

On Friday this week 4 indigenous students from the Northern Territory visited Elsternwick as part of the Australian Football League’s program Kickstartto support students attending school and having a healthy lifestyle.  The four students were from a school of 20 students in a remote community of about 100 about 6… Read more“Northern Territory students visit Elsternwick”