Charting the Course of Teaching and Learning in a Networked World
I have been following with much interest the blogs, news articles and debates about teacher rating occurring in the USA. Part of my interest stems from the discussion that is starting to occur in Australia, driven by our Federal Government, about teacher performance and productivity.
I want to…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on September 14, 2012 at 11:32pm — No Comments
Most of the teachers I work with, in schools all over Australia, have for some time included Learning Goals or Learning Intentions in their planning and use these with their students. Some teachers use WALT (What Are we Learning Today?) or simply begin with the phrase ‘Today I am learning to...’ In some learning spaces, the Learning Goal has a designated space on a whiteboard or noticeboard so that the students can refer to it as they work. If the learning community is further along on their…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on July 5, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments
One of the clear facets of the Australian Curriculum is the requirement for teachers to explicitly develop skills in the students. These skills include both the subject specific skills as well as what are now termed the general capabilities (another name for interdisciplinary skills).
The challenge for teachers is figuring out HOW they are going to be more explicit about…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on July 5, 2012 at 3:54pm — No Comments
Recently I wrote a reply to a school who was asking me about Growth mindsets as a school philosophy and also how to go about framing the need for school cultural change. While I was writing it I realised how critical what I was writing was for many schools. As such I have included it for all of you. I would love any thoughts you have.
Do you know of a ‘template’ or model for a curriculum framework?
When you say “curriculum framework” it…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on September 14, 2011 at 6:57pm — No Comments
As long time readers of our blog will know I am working with a number of schools to support them in creating a culture of high performance learning. If you read back through the blogs you’ll find some of the earlier discussions we have had around becoming clearer about what was their actual vision for the school and what that would look like.
We are now moving from the WHAT to the HOW. This requires us to explore WHO we need to enrol in the new vision and also addressing some of the…Continue
It might seem odd to begin a blog post with this title but hopefully you will find that the analogy is quite apt.
We all live in houses. However, the style, the quality, the fittings, the size, and the neighbourhoods that our houses are in are all different. It seems to be a trend in most countries that many people aspire to the larger house, the higher quality fittings, the expensive neighbourhoods, the more impressive styles, and so on. It would be a rare person that aspires to a…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on May 19, 2011 at 1:31am — No Comments
I have realised over the past 6 months how few schools are actually clear about what their long term vision is. Part of the impact of this lack of vision and disciplined building of this vision is that schools can quite often be focussed on things that disperse their power and ability. They become like a thirsty person wandering in the desert – going from one mirage to the next. Teachers become inured to change and morale can suffer.
In an increasingly competitive…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on March 3, 2011 at 10:45pm — No Comments
It is currently a frustrating and challenging time in education. It seems as if teachers and educators are speaking one language and having one set of outcomes for the students they teach, and politicians, the media, and parents are speaking another.
Because they are.
It is occurring because they are standing in different paradigms. We are in the midst of the biggest paradigm shift in the human existence and we all are experiencing issues that I suggest are normal to the…Continue
What gets students engaged in a topic?
It is a constant question that many educational consultants get from teachers.
The answer is both simple and complex at the same time! In some ways it is two questions - "how do I get the students interested and engaged in what we are covering" and "how do I keep them engaged"
According to neuroscience what…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on July 19, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments
I just returned from running workshops in Queensland, Australia and the group of teachers and I had a fantastic discussion around safety, connection and learning.
Let me tune you in to how we got into it by reproducing a bit of the morning of the Advanced Inquiry Workshop.
Our brain is designed to to ensure the safety and survival of our bodies. So it…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on May 31, 2010 at 9:10pm — No Comments
Rubric (noun): “perscribed guide for conduct or action”
One of the most significant challenges that teachers are experiencing at the moment in the Australian education system is shifting the paradigm of how they approach delivering education. Most schools suffer the schizophrenia of knowing that the development of essential skills and…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on May 9, 2010 at 6:54pm — No Comments
“It’s the things people know … that ain’t so”,
Howard Armstrong, Inventor of FM Radio
What is it that allows people to come up with ideas outside the box?
When I ask teachers what do they see are the skills required for the 21st century some of their answers include
lateral thinking, risk-taking, problem…
Added by Adrian Bertolini on April 18, 2010 at 6:01pm — No Comments
Ken Blanchard is one of the world leading experts on management and leadership. He is the author of a series of books called the “One Minute Manager”. He, and his team, have sold millions of books and empowered managers and leaders in a range of industries worldwide in simple and effective approaches to developing leadership and managing their…Continue
I have had an interesting time this week as I went and visited a range of schools to observe teachers teaching (or should that be …provide a space for learning to occur?). I was able to sit in on a range of teachers and the variety of approaches they use to promote learning.
Before I get into the topic of teacher practices I think I must start by saying that good inquiry learning requires elements of explicit teaching, practicing, skill development, and inquiry. It is a…Continue
Added by Adrian Bertolini on February 18, 2010 at 8:21pm — No Comments