Four Important Ideas: Learning Environment as the ‘Silent’ Contributor Student Wellbeing

“The physical space influences behaviour and ultimate wellbeing of every member of the community” Dr Helen Street (2018) Student wellbeing is not well-served as an extra program, an add-on to the crowded curriculum, as Dr Street argues in her book, Contextual Wellbeing: Creating positive schools from the inside out, it needs to be part of [...]

“Classrooms are just too complicated for research to ever tell teachers what to do”

This is the provocative statement was made by Dylan Wiliams (DW) as he addressed an awards ceremony for teachers in Glasgow recently. (Available tes.com) He suggests that teaching is at best a 'partial profession', it's an unusual job, compared to other professions. As a comparison, medications prescribed by doctors are 'prescriptive' as the name suggests. [...]

Vale Jens Guldbaek: A personal reflection of an education-revolutionary

Over the past eight years I have been privileged to visit Copenhagen regularly, spending time with Jens Guldbaek, his wife Birte Broens and their daughter Mie Guldbaek Broens. They have become dear friends, and I write this in tribute to Jens. It was with great sadness that we learnt of the recent death of Danish [...]

Destination Christchurch NZ: An immersive professional learning experience.

Disruption has characterised this city. In February 2011, the land was disrupted by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, causing significant loss of life and severe damage. Then in March 2019, there was 'human' disruption, with significant loss of life once again. I see a great sense of community and optimism in the people of Christchurch, where [...]

Real world application: A deep learning game changer

"Failure to connect course content to the real world has repeatedly been shown to contribute to students leaving the sciences" (Prince & Felder, 2007) In this article "The Many Faces of Inductive Teaching and Learning", Prince and Felder examine the effectiveness of different inductive teaching methods. It is focused on college (university) level science teaching, [...]

Visualising Ideas – my journey of discovery

I've been 'OK' at drawing and an avid doodler for my whole life. I vividly recall as a child devouring blank paper, pencils, protractors, pens, set squares, compasses (the circle-drawing kind) and soft lead pencils... A lifelong love of stationery! I loved creating patterns and designs. My father worked for a government office and for [...]

Building Community Capacity for Transformational Change

A conference speaker asked the audience, ‘Who thinks the world is changing at a rate so fast it’s hard to keep up?’ Of course, many hands went up. To which he responded, “You know, it’s never going to be this slow again!”. Too often, in my experience, the so-called 'change management' process associated with a [...]

Design the Learning Ecosystem: Don’t forget ‘How’ after #StartWithWhy

Design. design /dɪˈzʌɪn/ (vb) decide upon the look and functioning of a building, garment, object, system or experience Innovative.innovative /ˈɪnəvətɪv/ (adj) new ideas; original and creative in thinking Innovative design is changing the the way we navigate our world, reimagining future opportunities, solving annoyingly small or significantly huge problems, or just plain helping people. Design thinking is applicable beyond [...]

What’s all this talk about ‘small data’?

Is big data your only focus for improvement? “90% of the data you collect will never be actionable or even helpful" (Jake Peterson, founder of Dirty Analytics D-Zone)Attention is turning to ‘small data’. If you’ve heard Pasi Sahlberg recently or read his book FinnishEd (2018), you'll know about small data.Small data finds the humanity, and focuses on [...]