Teacher Performance Pay – A Reflection

(C) Julie Boyd Not everything that can be counted, counts, and not everything that counts can be counted                                                                    Albert Einstein The Grattan Institute recently wrote that a new system of teacher appraisal and feedback in Australia would improve teacher effectiveness, recognise our best educators and lift the outcomes of Australian students to the best in […]

How Online Learning Companies are Impacting Education Systems

Once again, what happens in Florida seems to be leading the impact on American schools – and providing a very clear warning to teachers across the rest of the world as to the intention of the current crop of ‘education entrepreneurs’. How Online Learning Companies Bought America’s Schools Lee Fang November 16, 2011   |    […]

Student Standardized Tests. How Would You Go?

When Australia first introduced the Naplan tests, I tried this. I figured that if students were required to take these things the least we could do as teachers was to try them as well. I found that there were questions on the Primary School tests that had multiple potential answers that were not at all […]

Teacher Performance Pay – A Reflection

(C) Julie Boyd Not everything that can be counted, counts, and not everything that counts can be counted                                                                    Albert Einstein The Grattan Institute recently wrote that a new system of teacher appraisal and feedback in Australia would improve teacher effectiveness, recognise our best educators and lift the outcomes of Australian students to the best in […]

A Day in the Life of the American Education Saga

Below is a series of tweets which were collected over a single day in December 2011. These show the depth of anger among American teachers and their international colleagues over what is happening with the ‘corporatisation’ of US education, with some containing hyperlinks to terrific articles. Some information has necessarily been omitted simply to ensure […]

Corruption only happens in dictatorships – not likely!

Our family gets a close-up look of how big money has taken over politics — even at the local level By Guest David Sirota Before it happens, it’s hard to know how you’ll feel when you see a slickly produced, oil-CEO-financed flier implicitly attacking your 11-month-old baby for not being old enough to attend school […]

The Simple Complexity of Children’s Thinking

The biggest mistake many teachers make is to assume that students think the same way they do. As once said by the brilliant Bob Samples author of one of my favourite books ‘Open Mind, Whole Mind ‘ If I force the child to see the world in the narrow patterns of my history and myperspectives. […]

September 11 and Empathy Loss By Alfie Kohn

RETHINKING SCHOOLS Winter 2001-02 September 11 By Alfie Kohn Some events seem momentous when they occur but gradually fade from consciousness, overtaken by fresh headlines and the distractions of daily life.  Only once in a great while does something happen that will be taught by future historians.   Just such an incident occurred on September 11.  […]

Trust Teachers, But Verify Success

John Merrow A veteran education reporter reflects on four decades of covering America’s schools. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/john-merrow-teachers-charter-schools — By Kristina RizgaIn October 1988, a small group of education leaders came together to define the rules for what they hoped would become the “incubators” of influential ideas for improving public education. They called these new schools charters. Veteran […]

The Future of Education

Listening to Steve Wheeler speaking about The Future of Education The Future of Learning View more presentations from Steve Wheeler