two girls one dream

It’s easy sometimes to get lulled into thinking about oneself and the sometimes small things that occupy our attention or stress. As I prepare for school tomorrow this clip serves as powerful reminder to all us, particularly those in Western countries like Australia, how fortunate we are to be born… Read more“two girls one dream”

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”

Teach to the test – what’s next?

Well, as reported in the Age Newspaper, it didn’t take long for some directive to teachers to teach to the Naplan test. We all know you get some short term gain for 1 year and as the article points out what do we drop from the curriculum. Is this a… Read more“Teach to the test – what’s next?”

Student empowerment vs engagement

I’ve been following a conversation started by Chris Lehmann and joined by Dave Sherman questioning whether student engagement is a worthwhile improvement goal for schools to set. The conversation is worth some thought as Victorian schools like Elsternwick Primary are mandated to set student engagement improvement goals as part of… Read more“Student empowerment vs engagement”

Reflections on a year just finished – what changed and what’s ahead.

Photo courtesy of Bayside leader At the end of a school year I generally get a little reflective – after a day or two on holidays that is and after I’ve spent some time catching up on the uncompleted tasks – which I just have. Well my first reflection is… Read more“Reflections on a year just finished – what changed and what’s ahead.”