We have had an ongoing issue at our school for a number of years now about the color of socks that are allowed in our school uniform. The summer uniform required plain white socks. Many students, sometimes supported by parents objected to this and chose to wear black socks. They would eventually end up in… Continue reading Why “It don’t matter if you’re black or white
Tom Bennett, twitter royalty or godfather of the Twitterati occasionally catches some “tit-bit” from the antipodes to tweet about. This week he provocatively responded to a comment from Jane Caro, a celebrity public schools advocate who was on a talk show decrying the stress that standardized tests put on students. I love Jane’s passion for… Continue reading The Goldilocks principle of student stress.
Another missed opportunity. Frameworks, CSF, CSF2, VELS, National Curriculum, AusVels, Victorian Curriculum. My teaching career now enters its 28th year. I have lived through 7 incarnations of a 7 to 10 Curriculum in Victoria. One every 4 years is not bad I suppose. I have little experience of other countries to compare that too. Do we… Continue reading Victorian Curriculum: Will we just floodfill a 6.5?
This TED talk, although not specifically about classroom teaching gives a great insight into the difference between formative and summative assessment. We need to get these two zones into our collective vocabulary. Both staff and students need to be clear on the distinction between the Learning Zone and the Performance Zone. The key idea here… Continue reading Get in the zone: but know which one you are in.
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Imagine a delegation from a developing country visiting London to learn how to create a successful metropolis. They could admire our cultural attractions, our vibrant neighbourhoods, our international businesses. We could dazzle them with our sky-scrapers, our stadia and our calendar of sporting and cultural events. But these…
Has this hypothesis actually been tested?
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Dear Josh, Thank you for agreeing to sort out our garden over your long holiday. As we’ll be away all summer here is a guide that tells you all you need to know to get from this… …to this STEP A: You should begin by assessing the garden to…