Chatting with John Hattie – Pt. 2

This is the second in a series of posts based around an interview with educational researcher and Chair of AITSL, John Hattie. There are many facets to the education debate and one that pushes more buttons than most is the Traditional v Progressive teaching debate. Some read this as the Didactic v Student Centred or sometimes the Knowledge […]

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Chatting with John Hattie – Pt. 1

Late last year I wrote a blog post called, Is John Talking Through His Hattie? The subject of the post was a series of posts and articles I had come across that called into question the validity of the statistical analysis that is the backbone of John Hattie’s Visible Learning work. To save you the […]

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Learning about Mindset from Stan

Up until around 12 months ago – unless you were a tennis fanatic – you’d probably not heard of Stanislas Wawrinka. The reason being, Stan is the second best tennis player in Switzerland. The best being… oh you know. Anyway, it was at the 2014 Australian Open when Wawrinka was drawn against Novak Djokovic – a bloke who had […]

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Is John talking through his Hattie?

John Hattie, the author of the much quoted Visible Learning was recently appointed by the Federal Government to the Chairmanship of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.  In today’s Australian Newspaper, an article by Jennifer Buckingham from the Centre for Independent Studies said, Last week, Hattie indicated things were going to change in teacher education under […]

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If I was interviewing for teaching staff…

Recently I was chatting to a principal about what we would look for in potential staff members if we had the opportunity to build a school from scratch. I scribbled down some notes, and later copied them onto my Tablet. I tweeted it out on my #DoodlesByDan tag and within about 2 hours it had […]

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Why you shouldn’t work with me

If I had a business coach – which I don’t, but if I did – they would probably smack me around the chops for writing a post like this. But hey… what the heck, here goes! You, or your school shouldn’t work with me if: 1. You’re just ticking a box. I was approached by […]

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A cool little project for your school

I came across this really cool little project that your class may (or may not, of course) be interested in taking part in. It’s absolutely noting to do with me, it’s being facilitated by Steve Box from Queensland, Australia. He says… WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE GLOBAL POSTCARD CONNECTION This term, as part […]

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Engaging the Student Voice

The basis for student voice is to be found in Article 12 of the United Nation Convention of the Rights of the Child, which sets out the right of children and young people to express an opinion and to have that opinion taken into account when decisions are being made on any matter that affects them. […]

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Maybe class size does matter after all?

The key to a better education system is – by all accounts – to ensure we have better teachers.  Hard to argue with that isn’t it? And just for the record I’m all for enhancing teacher quality – who would argue against it? It’s just I’m not keen on the way that the phrase – teacher quality […]

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What do we lose when everyone wins?

We won’t grow resilient kids if we only talk about resilience. Kids need to experience struggle, setbacks and failure if they are going to develop the skillset and mindset to be resilient. If a child only ever experiences success, then we as adults have failed. This is the topic of my latest #OffCampus segment for […]

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