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150 years on and still Darwin’s theories cause debate!

“Given sufficient time, the non-random survival of hereditary entities will generate complexity, diversity, beauty, and an illusion of design so persuasive that it is almost impossible to distinguish from deliberate intelligent design.” It’s hard to believe that it’s 150 years … Continue reading

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Teen Writing – some positive research

  I was reading a recent research report titled: “Teens, Writing and the Internet”. The summary which I have linked makes for easy reading and quotes in my view some positive information: 85% of teens engage in social forms of … Continue reading

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Composite Classes – a pressure point- at least in East Lothian, Scotland.

  I have just read a post and added a comment on Don’s log which I thought was worth a mention. Don is the Acting Director of Education and Children’s Services in East Lothian, Scotland. School organisation it seems is … Continue reading

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Why use protocols when looking at student work?

We posed this question at a team leadership meeting last year when we discussed the quest to personalise learning more for our students? Perhaps one answer came after we introduced the idea to staff last week – it’s a bit like … Continue reading

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“iNet” online conferences

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 … Continue reading

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Parent Information Evening

Last week at our parent information evening I spoke for a few minutes on our school’s vision and why we might do things that are different from their personal images of primary school. I used this video to demonstrate how … Continue reading

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Government’s Blueprint Summit

Last week I was invited to participate in the Government’s 2 day summit on the new Blueprint for Education and Early Childhood Development. The move to construct a seamless framework for early childhood education and care so that children can transition into schooling … Continue reading

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A Webinar on Transforming Building Plans into Student Results

I recently enrolled in a webiner from The Leadership and Learning Centre which is located in Colardo, USA. I learnt several valuable lessons: In America most schools are called buildings and so the title refers to transforming school plans into … Continue reading

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Design meets learning

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: … Continue reading

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Teaching for Understanding

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 – … Continue reading

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Easter on the Delitate River

Over the Easter break I was fortunate enough to spend a few days on the Delitate River. While I was cooking a bbq at night it was great to look up and see the bright stars in the sky. It was a … Continue reading

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Mentoring at Monash University

Yesterday at the invitation of a colleague I joined him at Monash University as he started a Masters in Education course.  As I walked from the car park I was struck by the both the number of students [I’m told … Continue reading

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Student Writing: a focus for improvement

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 … Continue reading

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What’s your vision for schooling?

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 … Continue reading

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Instructional tips that might make a difference

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 … Continue reading

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