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An Assistant Principal in an Australian Primary School

Following the Script – Why Use a Commercial DI Program for Maths Education?

why, in-spite of those reservations, would I choose to use a commercially produced. highly scripted Direct Instruction program to teach mathematics at my school?

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Direct Instruction vs Student Driven Learning

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I love to incorporate opportunities for student driven learning in my classroom and across my school. I promote and use strategies like … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

Formative Assessment (Part 4): Student Goal Setting

..it wasn’t enough merely to work out where students were ‘at’. We needed to work out the steps that would continue to move their learning forward.

March 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Formative Assessment (Part 3): Data Walls for Collaboration and Dialogue

This is part three in my series on formative assessment where I blog my journey through Dylan Wiliams’  book, Embedded Formative Assessment and share my school’s change journey. Some of the most helpful … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Goodbye Harry Webb

Many months ago, I came across a fellow Tweeter, named Harry Webb, who frequently posted tweets that challenged many ideas currently being spruiked about education. We frequently disagreed, but we also … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 12 Comments

Stop Attacking Independent and Catholic School Teachers

Yesterday I spoke with a teacher who confessed he won’t identify himself as a Catholic school teacher online because of the criticism he believes he will receive. This is a … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · 13 Comments

Rethinking Primary School Homework – ResearchED Sydney

Two years ago, my school began a process of rethinking primary school homework to develop a model aligned with research evidence. A year-long stakeholder consultation brought to the surface very … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 4 Comments
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