How Finland is leading the way, again #phenomenonbasedteaching

The SCIL Vision Tour 2016 will be spending a few days in Finland. This small Nordic nation is in the process of rolling out its new curriculum approach phenomenon-based teaching. Around 15 years ago Finland became the shining light in education achievement, due to its “mouse that roared” status. With a small population and modestContinue reading “How Finland is leading the way, again #phenomenonbasedteaching”

Repurposing unlikely spaces for a school: A photo essay

A school doesn’t need to be purpose-built. In Australia, the commonly held view that a new school needs to locate a greenfield site to grow a school. In other parts of the world it is more common to local a disused building, a brownfield site. Greenfield sites have not previously been built on. This includes the greenbelt landContinue reading “Repurposing unlikely spaces for a school: A photo essay”

SCIL Vision Tour 2014: World’s best museums are the epitome of personalised learning

As a child I can remember running around the old Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, where UTS is now located, flicking switches, seeing lights and mechanical things buzz. It was fun. I was the daughter of an engineer, and I think some of this rubbed off onto me. I always loved toContinue reading “SCIL Vision Tour 2014: World’s best museums are the epitome of personalised learning”

Multi-level schools for multi-level living: 7 lessons from great cities around the world (and lots of pics)

Look around at the places where people gather: shopping malls, offices, hotel lobbies, pubs. All these places are seeking to make an environment that make people want to return. At my local mall there are numerous ‘living room’ areas for people to sit, meet and wait. The design of these new communities are multi-level, spaciousContinue reading “Multi-level schools for multi-level living: 7 lessons from great cities around the world (and lots of pics)”

Travel as professional learning challenges thinking & grows leaders: 10 reasons why #SCILvision12

The SCIL Vision Tour 2012 group travelled together for almost two weeks. Most only met one another for the first time in a hotel lobby in Helsinki, tentatively shaking hands with new travel buddies and wondering what the next fortnight held in store. Then, as we hugged and said goodbye in another hotel lobby, this timeContinue reading “Travel as professional learning challenges thinking & grows leaders: 10 reasons why #SCILvision12”