I recently posted a comment on an iNet online conference. iNet is an international network of schools committed to innovative change that supports improved student learning. The online conference had a focus on “curriculum redesign” and posed a question on school organisation matching the needs of learners in the… Read more““iNet” online conferences”
The teachers in the Years 5/6 team at Elsternwick Primary are faced with many challenges and questions when co-designing learning environments that stimulate and promote both collaborative and individual learning as well as the environment supporting students and teachers living a set of values: respect, responsibility and resilience. The teachers who are currently… Read more“Design meets learning”
Have you ever struggled with teaching or assessing growth in learners understandings – I do? It’s easier to teach and assess skills. I like the example many people give of coaching a sports team – you teach skills that are observable – clear cut. They can either demonstrate the skill to a… Read more“Teaching for Understanding”
We have just completed a whole pupil free day looking at our instructional practice on student writing. Anne Hammond, our resident literacy coach had us look at persuasive text for most of the morning: where you would find it, how it comes in different text forms [e.g. editorials, songs, advertising,… Read more“Student Writing: a focus for improvement”
This week after our staff meeting I have been reflecting about the dialogue on what value we as teachers bring to the deeper learning our students need in the 21st century. We watched a pod cast of Richard Elmore saying that in fact through the dominance of our literal recall… Read more“What’s your vision for schooling?”
At this week’s leadership meeting I introduced John Hattie’s article on building teacher quality. We began talking as the instructional leaders of the school of our individual journeys to making a greater difference in student learning. Hattie explores this learning journey from novice to expert. The conversation turned to some… Read more“Instructional tips that might make a difference”
I am working on one of the DEECD principal focus groups for building an instructional model for teachers in Victoria. During the first workshop we listened to this video clip from Richard Elmore talking about some of the challenges. Richard makes a point that many students loose the knowledge and… Read more““School can be like a vacuum cleaner sucking the knowledge out of kids.””
I looked at this 6 year olds work on thinking and thought of this quote a team leader used at the annual parent information night: “We let children paint their faces, swing around poles, blow bubbles, build cubby houses, go down the street in their ballet dress or superhero suit… Read more“What lense do you use when looking at children’s writing?”
Last year I caught up with Barrie Bennett in Toronto and had the chance to talk through his framework for classroom improvement. It was one of those light bulb moments when it became clear for me what the missing focus was in both walkthroughs and in the schools coaching programme. We needed to… Read more“What drives your classroom coaching program?”
At this week’s leadership meeting I set the context for our reading of John Hattie’s article on building teacher quality. The article lists a number of key strategies [e.g. feedback] that have the greatest effect size on student learning. It concludes: “expert teachers do differ from experienced teachers …. most critically in… Read more“Leaders talking teaching and learning!”
I was talking to the senior students at school this week and used this clip to start the discussion about leadership changing the world We often start in our own backyard so to speak in small ways and the students said by being kind to someone, or putting away sports equipment without being asked . I… Read more“Student Leadership”
I found this clip may just in a fun way create a converstaion with students about classrooms rules.
John Connell and Stephen Heppell are on fire this week with this interesting mathematical problem. I can see it works but I’m still trying to see how.
Thanks to John Connell from Cisco I came across this article on the testing business in America. Businesses make huge profits from selling tests to school districts or states as a result of the NCLB legislation and as it now appears even more money from the pre test materials. But… Read more“Tests are everywhere but this can only be in America!”
This week I was casually listening to a teacher explain something of a technical nature to colleague and it reminded me of the need to be careful in our use of language in schools particularly when trying to explain a new skill or concept to someone else. We often skip speaking… Read more“A hoe is that what you want? or Why teach Speaking and Listening skills.”