Forget teaching… how about some learning?

If you’re interested, I’m involved in two professional learning events in the coming days. PLANE Festival of Learning                   You can REGISTER HERE to attend or you can watch the Live Feed here. Follow on Twitter using #FOL12 If you’re there, please stop by and have a chat! PLANE LeadMeet […]

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Out of one school & into many…

After thirteen years in teaching and ten years at the one school I will be leaving at the end of 2012 in order to focus my efforts on a number of very exciting projects. One such project is my involvement with PLANE. I will be developing professional learning experiences in the areas of wellbeing, engagement […]

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UK Education’s Double Act – But They’re Just Not Funny!

Two of the most prominent players in UK education are the Secretary of State, Michael Gove (left), and the Chief Inspector of Schools & Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw (right), pictured here with British PM David Cameron. I wrote an opinion piece for the UK Huffington Post about these two characters… and I even […]

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When’s the right time for change?

I was asked a great question on Twitter this week in response to a tweet I put out as part of research for a piece I’m writing. @danhaesler should teachers/ principals be circulated – fresh ideas or is 'if it's not broke don't fix it' a Better mentality?#acuedu_p — Kimberley (@kcolquhoun1987) May 25, 2012 I’m […]

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A long & happy engagement – latest SMH piece…

This originally appeared on Pg 17 of the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 14th May. Across Australia, approximately thirty percent of students who start high school will go on to university. So what of the other seventy percent – the majority who don’t go to university? Is school adequately preparing students for life outside the classroom, or […]

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Who are the experts & what do they do?

There are people who are, rightly, referred to as experts. I’m sure you can reel off any number of names in your field who are regarded as the gurus. However, I also believe there are too many people who are not regarded as experts, and it’s the very people who should be seeing these people as experts, who don’t. Too many […]

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Let’s really flip the classroom

I‘ve read a fair amount about the flipped classroom of late… gotta be honest… I’ve not really been blown away by the concept in the way many have… To me it doesn’t seem that revolutionary to me… I’m not sure how it is any different to an English teacher giving the class a text to read at […]

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Why, why why… don’t we ask the right questions?

Those involved with education reform  in Australia, the UK and US seem to focus on what we should teach students, when we should teach our students & how we should teach, assess and compare our students with their international counterparts. To me, it appears that those leading educational change* neglect the most important questions of all. Why should we teach our students that? […]

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No Grades Day

Last year I set my senior PDHPE class a little task, then involved them reading up on the latest recovery strategies used by the top rugby league players. “Is it in the syllabus?” they asked. “No,” I replied, “This is brand new stuff.” Out of 20 students, how many looked at the stimulus material provided […]

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Improving Academic Performance – Through Exercise

Some of you will be aware that in 2012 I will be contributed to Generation Next’s Weekly Newsletter and Blog. This is my piece from this week’s newsletter. The link between physical activity and improved physical and mental health has long been established. However there is a growing body of research that suggests that increased […]

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