Student feedback to teachers – just ask them we did!

We were working with Kath Murdoch this afternoon on using our student feedback to adjust the 2015 curriculum plans. Our students provided the followed recommendations to teachers which I thought were worth sharing: less teacher talk: which we are thinking about making this a class challenge: How can we give… Read more“Student feedback to teachers – just ask them we did!”

School timetables are factors in lesson structures!

I have a wondering whether a school timetable influences the way instruction is planned in classrooms? Now I know the answer is obviously yes from a practical perspective but the deeper question I’m pondering is do those timetable influenced instructional decisions enhance or detract from learning.? Primary school timetables are structured on… Read more“School timetables are factors in lesson structures!”

A twist on parent teacher interviews

This week we completed our 2nd round of parent teacher interviews. They were held in August, which is just over half way through the academic school year. So what’s different you might ask? The students 1/2 year written reports were sent home in June – I hear some saying isn’t… Read more“A twist on parent teacher interviews”

What might Benjamin Franklin have to say to our young students?

  At Monday’s school assembly I used Benjamin Franklin’s story to talk about the importance of effort and persistence as we strive for personal excellence. “energy and persistence conquer all things” Benjamin Franklin I talked about his childhood days in Boston some 300 years ago where as one of 10… Read more“What might Benjamin Franklin have to say to our young students?”

What about measuring learning found through cultural travel experiences to counterbalance missed schooling and lower national test scores?

At the recent ACER conference in Adelaide Stephen Zubrick presented a paper on school attendance and the effects on academic performance. The Sunday Age in Melbourne picked up the story with a headline “No safe level of missing school, study finds”. The authors methodology appears robust with over 415,000 students, 2.5… Read more“What about measuring learning found through cultural travel experiences to counterbalance missed schooling and lower national test scores?”

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)”

EPS data wise team reflections

This is the last post in the series by the 4 teachers overseas inquiring into the data wise process. As our trip draws to a close, we spent time reflecting upon and synthesising our learning both from the Data Wise Institute, and what we saw of the process within the… Read more“EPS data wise team reflections”

EPS visits Jefferson Elementary School in New York

This blog entry is the eighth in a series from the team visiting schools in the States and comes to you from the ‘Big Apple.’ Today we visited Jefferson Elementary School (K-5), located in upstate New York in a town called New Rochelle. We were greeted by the New Rochelle School… Read more“EPS visits Jefferson Elementary School in New York”

Elsternwick PS meets Tobin Montessori in Boston

Continuing the series of posts written by Jess, Erin and Sarah 3 teachers attending the Harvard Institute and now visiting schools. Today we visited The Tobin School in Cambridge. This school was familiar to us, as we had read about it through the case studies presented in ‘Data Wise In… Read more“Elsternwick PS meets Tobin Montessori in Boston”

Extended family holidays – an opportunity or a threat to learning?

Last week I was engaged in my school’s peer review process and we tossed around a question on extended student absence from school for family travel purposes. You see extended family holidays are close to the number one reason why young people miss school at my school. Just last week… Read more“Extended family holidays – an opportunity or a threat to learning?”

the strap!

I was searching my back storeroom at work recently I came across one of the original straps used by Principals and some teachers who were delegated to “dish out” corporal punishment. Corporal punishment (that is legally striking a student with wooden cane or leather strap for misbehaviour) was banned in 1985… Read more“the strap!”