IN TIMES OF CHANGE…

(C) Julie Boyd jboydedu(at)gmail.com www.julieboyd.com.au In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists Eric Hoffer It is my blessing these days to be able to walk morning and evening on a beautiful beach. Every day is different with new […]

Pedagogy: Beyond E-Learning The six R’s of Teaching for Effective Learning

©JULIE BOYD Introduction Teachers are now being told that E-Learning is way of the future. Adaptable teachers will be excited by new and creative ways to use technology effectively, and by the promise of unlimited possibilities. This does need to be balanced by the premise that the role of schools is to effectively integrate students […]

Why Bill Gates (and Christopher Pyne) are Wrong

Bill Gates in his Washington Post article, http://tinyurl.com/47mxu7e  How Teacher Development Could Revolutionize Our Schools suggests that one approach is to get more students in front of top teachers by identifying the top 25 percent of teachers and asking them to take on four or five more students. Part of the savings could then be […]

Schools As Collaborative Learning Communities

SCHOOLS AS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES © Julie Boyd 2010 (updated from an original 1993 article) Taken individually, each concept in the phrase “collaborative learning community” has incredible power and together, there is a synergy, a revolutionary force that we are only just beginning to recognize in schools. The school pictured above has given way to […]

What will become of The Education Test Generation

What happens in the classroom when a state begins to evaluate all teachers, at every grade level, based on how well they “grow” their students’ test scores? Colorado is about to find out. “This is a high-anxiety district to work in,” said one elementary school writing instructor in his second year as a Teach for […]

Two-thirds of teachers want to quit. What is the Purpose of Education

NEARLY two-thirds of Australian teachers are considering quitting their jobs for a new career. So are teachers all over the world See: A love of teaching, but fear for the future: Fight over collective bargaining leaves one teacher uncertain about career choice http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42306729/ns/business-us_business The Centre for Marketing Schools was commissioned to survey staff satisfaction levels […]

I’m Sorry I’m A Teacher

This powerful letter was written by an American Teacher, Alan Haskvitz, a member of the National Teachers Hall of Fame and has been recognized many times as one of the nation’s most successful and innovative teachers. Accounts of his students’ accomplishments have been featured in books, periodicals, and on national radio and television. He is […]

Why Bill Gates (and Christopher Pyne!)are Wrong

Bill Gates in his Washington Post article, http://tinyurl.com/47mxu7e  How Teacher Development Could Revolutionize Our Schools suggests that one approach is to get more students in front of top teachers by identifying the top 25 percent of teachers and asking them to take on four or five more students. Part of the savings could then be […]

Why Teacher Coaching Can Fail

© Julie Boyd 2011 When I wrote the paper ‘Coaching In Context’ to start the statewide coaching program in Victoria, and the Literacy and Numeracy Coaches Program in South Australia, I warned of two key issues: 1.      Coaching is not for everyone, and it is expensive. 2.      Coaching is only one form of professional reflective […]

The (immediate) future of technology

Last night I watched my new 9 month old grandbaby totally bamboozle her father by flipping a skype screen- he had no idea how she did it or how to undo it! Technology makes for great toys. The question is how your do we expose kids to what forms of technology. This video raises the […]