Not Just a Teacher

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Not Just a Teacher

The Party Poppers

March 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · General

Gradually, and I have to say it is gradual, I feel like I am witnessing more and more of the talk of inevitable, necessary change in education becoming a reality. I feel that the minority of educators who dared talk about such issues, perhaps after watching


Teaching amnesia

September 9th, 2016 · No Comments · General

It has been a while since the last post but, in my opinion, this just has to be shared and the subsequent questions asked:



(Shulman, L. S. (1999). Knowledge and teaching: Foundations of the new reform. Learners and pedagogy, 61-77.)

If you believe there is some truth to this,

  • How is this acceptable in the digital/sharing age when video and images are ubiquitous?
  • What must be done to enable the culture to change?


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Pub Schools

February 13th, 2016 · No Comments · General

No doubt the title has grabbed your attention but unfortunately for some people, this post is not going to champion


The Principal’s open door policy

February 6th, 2016 · No Comments · General

I am no expert on managerial or leadership styles. Of course I have read quite a bit, had considerable experience but I have more to learn and while ever I am in leadership, I will learn more.


NOT voice

December 19th, 2015 · 6 Comments · General

Earlier today, @mesterman prompted me to read another blog post by the continually inspiring


An adventure with Minecraft

October 21st, 2015 · No Comments · General

2000px-Grass_block_stylized.svgAs part of my current role, I have been working on a number of small projects with teachers who wish to explore some technology enhanced education ‘juiciness’. This was a very early exploration into the use of Minecraft for teaching a History topic, in this case Feudal Japan. The world had been built by a student Minecraft group on Minecraft Edu. There had been a number of technical issues and hurdles to overcome to get to this ‘pilot’ stage.

It is hoped that by sharing this, other educators may get an insight into this facet of games based learning, some of the pros and cons, the logistics and a realistic look at what will/can happen in such a lesson.


A Precinct School

August 6th, 2015 · 4 Comments · General

I had the pleasure of attending the Vice Chancellor


Am I better off writing a letter to Santa?

July 26th, 2015 · No Comments · General

I had the pleasure of spending a day with @danhaesler last week. He gave a day of workshops on Teaching Kids to Stretch. This, as you would expect if you have followed any of his work, was very much part of his take on well-being. Having had many conversations with Dan and seen him present, I was keen to get my hands dirty with his ideas and the practicalities of application in this area not only as a teacher but as a parent of two primary school aged children.

The day was a great learning experience for me, and colleagues I shared it with tended to echo my feelings. Yet, it wasn


An unlevel playing field

June 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment · General

unlevel playing field


Digital technology is an unlevel playing field. In my opinion, it is the most unlevel playing field we have ever faced in education. Looking back at the history of education, there has been no other time when something has had such an effect on people yet the level of knowledge and expertise of users of technology is so difficult to determine. A bold statement you might suggest but let


Diving into Argument Mapping

February 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · General

I have had the pleasure of using Rationale