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Forget the hype

Forget the hype. Go for ‘less is more’.

Fantastic Learning Systems focuses on using journals in the classroom through high-impact teaching strategies(HITS). We particularly zero in on student feedback, metacognition and questioning. Our educational service delivers personalised resources for Years 7, 8 and 9 English classrooms that work to develop the student’s self-regulation of literacy skills. Our approach is the less is more approach as it shifts the teacher’s role from sage on the stage to guide on the side.

From Little Things, Big Things Grow.

I want to pick up on the theme of the song “From Little Things Big Things Grow” by Paul Kelly & Kev Carmody on bringing about a lasting change. It is a theme which I want to bring to the classroom through the engaging practices of teachers’ and students’ journal writing. Based on the story of the Gurindji strike (Wave Hill walk-off) and Vincent Lingiari the song’s message of the Indigenous people’s struggle for land rights and reconciliation casts a giant shadow over any of my puny attempts to communicate to my students the foundational importance of story in their learning how to learn. The story behind the story. Nonetheless, the song draws me …

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The Art Of Parent-Friendly Resources

Thirty years since the introduction of ‘common core’ standards and progress maps have passed. However, what have we done to nurture parents’ understanding of education jargon like “thinking skills” and “learning progressions”?

What Next For Curriculum Writers?

Reflections On Professor Geoff Masters Keynote at the Australian Council For Education Research Conference. Professor Masters poses some confronting questions. Why do education systems seemed fixed on sorting students into post-secondary pathways? And why was this at the expense of guaranteeing excellent progress of every student in the K-10 compulsory years of schooling?

Radical Theatre Entrepreneurial Education

I look at entrepreneurs and their use of technologies to develop modern creative industries. I specifically examined the powerful trends of local pantomime producers to create sustainable work in a ‘gig economy’. In the last five years I have been re-writing my initial findings to establish ways the pantomime context can teach employability and entrepreneurial skills to K-10 students.

Inspiring Teachers As Learners

Jennie [Vine] and I working with the teachers in a similar way to the way we expect the teachers to work with the children. We have coaching conversations according to what we know about them as teachers and where they are in their thinking and in their skills and in their abilities.

Children are natural philosophers

Children are natural philosophers from the time they start demandingly asking ‘Why?’ So perhaps it’s helpful to ask who are philosophers. The source of online wisdom, Wikipedia, informs us that the term “philosopher” comes from the Ancient Greek, φιλόσοφος (philosophos), meaning “lover of wisdom”. … In a modern sense, a philosopher is an intellectual who has contributed in one or more branches of philosophy, such as aesthetics, ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, social theory, and political philosophy. Children experience philosophical thinking through the Arts and the Sciences and everything in-between. Stories to bring out how children are natural philosophers The Philosophy in Schools movement leads the way in showing us …

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