Standardized Tests

Teachers who blame students for being bored is the equivalent to yelling at the hammer after you strike your own thumb.   Diane Ravitch says: Be careful Canada (and Australia!) I know many Canadian educators who are rightfully sceptical of the debacle that is American Education Reform. We should not be too quick to dismiss […]


© Julie Boyd ‘And then I was hit on the head by a paper bomb that had been thrown at me…and one kid was so rude! Then she said I’d only told her off because she was black. I didn’t even notice her colour- just that she was the rudest young woman I’d ever met.’ […]

ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH? Teaching as a Gladiator Sport

(C) Julie Boyd “Why are you crying miss?” Every teacher has low points in their professional life but when it comes in your first month I wonder if things really have changed in the past thirty years. A young friend has just started in her first teaching position. It’s in a secondary school that […]


(C) Julie Boyd jboydedu(at) 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 […]

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 […]

One Day on Earth

Join the One Day on Earth movement and participate on 10/10/2010. This is a global ‘multi-platform participatory media project’ event where everyday people, including students and teachers, are encouraged to document and record a story of shared human experience over a 24-hour period. The aim is to capture the diversity of life and culture on […]