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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Vive le Revolution!

On Friday 2nd March, the teaching community of Sydney got together for an incredible event. Starting at 5pm (yes… after School), 300+ teachers from across all the educational sectors got together to share concepts, collaborate, start new projects, discuss technology and generally explore the nature, purpose and possibilities of education. I’ve written of the TeachMeet phenomenon […]

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Three questions to mull over…

Assuming you and your school place student welfare/wellbeing high on your list of priorities, here are three questions to consider for 2012… 1. Who is the significant adult in the life of a 21st Century student? How and where do they spend most of their time? With whom do they converse most with? Is it […]

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(Un)Professional Development

Yesterday I attended my first Teach Meet event. Along with about 40 other teachers I listened as teachers presented either 2 or 7 minute presentations of things they do with their classes. I gave this 7 minute presentation.  Teach Meets take place regularly all over Sydney, with some on the North Shore attracting over 70 […]

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It Just Clicks – Latest SMH Piece

At the start of this year, 7000  school students in Miami took a maths course delivered entirely by computer. Instead of a teacher, the only adult in the room was a “facilitator” who dealt with technical problems and ensured students remained on task.  Labor’s Digital Education Revolution (DER) ensures that every Year 9 student in […]

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An Open Letter to Ray Hadley of Radio 2GB

Dear Mr Hadley, Today I came across a recording of a conversation you had with Cheryl, a primary school teacher who called in to defend NSW teachers’ decision to strike for better pay and conditions. I’m not a huge fan of industrial action myself, but the point of this letter is not to argue the merits […]

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Just a Boy Who Likes Turtles

Of late, in my talks around the country, I have read this poem I first heard this poem as part of a talk that my friend and unoffical mentor Richard Gerver gave in the UK last year – which you can view at the end of this post. The overwhelming response from the audience when […]

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What’s wrong with Performance Related Pay? – Latest SMH Piece

It is generally accepted in most professions that the better you are, the more money you can command.  Many teachers would agree the top in their field should be rewarded accordingly. So why is it that the Gillard government’s proposed performance-related payment scheme is not being welcomed with open arms? Read my full article in the […]

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Catch Dr Suzy Green and Me on Channel 10 – Monday 6.30pm

JUST BEEN INFORMED THIS WILL NOW SHOW ON TUESDAY NIGHT Just a quick note to let you know that last week I recorded an interview for the 6.30 Report with George Negus. It is due to be aired on Monday 15th September at (guess when?) 6.30pm on Channel 10 in Australia. The subject of the story […]

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Teachers v Computers – No Contest!

When I speak around the country, I get the those in attendance to raise their hand if they had a favourite teacher at school – invariably everyone has a favourite teacher – an indication in itself of the impact we have on people’s lives. I then ask them to keep their hands raised if this […]

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