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Exceeding Expectations

It’s not unusual to begin the year talking about class expectations and plans for the year ahead. But getting my students to decide on their own class expectations was a new experience – and such a rewarding one!

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Processes, Procedures and Protocols – Both sides of the coin!

These go hand in hand with the job of teaching. This afternoon, I had the unusual experience of encountering and observing three examples of the ups and downs of these in the school environment. Let’s face it, schools are built on these! At times these can seem incredibly restrictive. At other times, you know that things just wouldn’t happen at all if they weren’t there. Often, they save the day whether we like to admit it or not.

That said, I’m not having a whinge or declaring that doing the right thing and not speaking or acting is the way to go. Rather, I’m sharing my feelings on how frustrating these can be on either side of the coin and the irony of what happens when:
– you don’t follow these and get a negative result;
– you do follow these and still get a negative result;
– you play no part in the process but are unhappy with the result.

Process

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Mission: Teaching and Learning Headspace

Teaching and learning. Professional learning. Leading learning. All of this means nothing without achieving better student learning. And so I begin the challenge of developing a Teaching & Learning (TL) Professional Learning program to develop staff at my school to better support student learning at my school. Simple, right? (more…)

Missing Key to PD?

I’ve become very disillusioned with many opportunities for professional development (PD) and professional learning.
Let me rephrase that – I’ve become very disillusioned with some people’s views of professional development and how it should be delivered. The expectation of attending a PD session just to be a passive sponge is no longer relevant to many of us for professional learning. Just as this is no longer accepted as effective or engaging classroom teaching and learning strategy.

Week 1 Wins!

Six days into the new school year and the summer holidays are but a blur. Week 2 is knocking at the door and it will be super-packed with whole-school events in full swing. But I thought I’d take a breather and reflect on the fantastic first week that was.

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Turning, Falling, Hurting, Learning! #tmsydney #tmhills

I am attending a TeachMeet Sydney event this afternoon at Gilroy Catholic College.. Teachmeets are a fantastic space for educators from all sectors and settings to share ideas via Pecha Kucha presentations, 2-minute mini presentations and inspiring informal discussions. One of the best things about Teachmeets are the fantastic backchannels via the #tmsydney  or #tmhills tags Here is my mini presentation on how I recently found myself learning how to snowboard and what the experience taught be about Turning, Falling, Hurting and Learning!*

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Not all by myself #tmsydney #FTW

I am attending a TeachMeet Sydney event this afternoon at Crestwood High School. Those of you on Twitter, you can follow or catch up later on the backchannel via the #tmsydney tag. This will be my fourth TeachMeet. They are a fantastic space for educators from all sectors and settings to share ideas via Pecha Kucha presentations, 2-minute mini presentations and inspiring informal discussions. Here is my mini presentation on a few things, that I am very proud to say, I am no longer doing all by myself.

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