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Are you ready for the Australian Curriculum?
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | July 3rd, 2012 @ 9:53PM | 3 Comments
I thought I would provoke some discussion and thinking up front in today's blog. I want to be especially confronting to the status quo that schools are in at the moment because we have a belief ... opinion ... viewpoint ... that most schools are living in lala land about the Australian Curriculum. [Note: Lala Land is that land you go to when you put your hands over your ears and shout loudly...
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The Secret to Scaling and Sustaining Innovation
Bruce Dixon | May 16th, 2012 @ 11:51AM | 0 Comments
There is much to celebrate about what is happening in classrooms around the globe. There is less to celebrate in schools. My point? We’ve known for years that there are many innovative teachers out there, doing extraordinary things with their students, but why does it continue to be so hard to scale that innovation across whole schools? I would suggest the answer lies with benefit and...
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The Changing Role of Teachers
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | May 16th, 2012 @ 11:48AM | 2 Comments
A great deal of discussion and work goes into planning a 1:1 initiative. The vision is embraced, funding is found, budgets are developed, a communication plan for the school, parents, and the community is outlined and put into action. Finally, once everyone is on board for the big adventure, the infrastructure is put in place and the support services are ready, each student is given a laptop....
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Deliberate Practice and Skill Development
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | May 8th, 2012 @ 10:24PM | 0 Comments
One of the clear facets of the Australian Curriculum is the requirement for teachers to explicitly develop skills in the students. These skills include both the subject specific skills as well as what are now termed the general capabilities (another name for interdisciplinary skills). The challenge for teachers is figuring out HOW they are going to be more explicit about developing the...
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The 21st Century Planning Process
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | April 4th, 2012 @ 8:41PM | 0 Comments
I have this belief that the planning documents need to lead teachers through the thinking and behaviour you are trying to encourage in them. They are not just to capture information (although this is an important part of the process). How the teachers fill in the documents will tell you a lot about their current thinking. So when you look at HOW the teachers fill in their current documents,...
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The Learning Jigsaw
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | March 25th, 2012 @ 7:29PM | 0 Comments
This week\'s blog comes from Narelle Wood. Narelle is our Australian Curriculum expert and has worked extensively across a range of schools in supporting powerful learning in the literacy and English domain. ---- An indulgence of mine is jigsaw puzzles. I will sit for hours trying to complete a particular section and it has got to the stage where I have sat at the table for 2 days straight to...
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Great Expectations: Coaching for Change in Schools
Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Adrian Bertolini | March 13th, 2012 @ 8:16PM | 0 Comments
The most challenging, rewarding work we do in schools happens when we have the opportunity to build a partnership with the school over time. We really love this aspect of our work. Through these partnerships we gain a deep understanding of the school’s culture and priorities, develop meaningful relationships with teachers and often we act as a consistent, driving force for change. The...
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Debunking the Myth of Teacher Technology Timidity
Bruce Dixon | March 7th, 2012 @ 11:20AM | 0 Comments
I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I genuinely believe that our introduction of computers into schools over the past 30+ years would in fact make an excellent case study on how not to diffuse innovation. Let’s buy computers for schools and lock them away in a room so that only ‘computing royalty’ can manage their use; let’s tell teachers that they need to ‘ be computer...
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Practice Learning, Not Teaching
News and Thoughts | Susan Einhorn | March 7th, 2012 @ 11:16AM | 0 Comments
A current buzzword in education is personalization, connecting learning to students’ interests and even, for some, their passions. We read about the success of a school program here, another there, focused on students exploring big ideas based on the students’ own questions, generated from their curiosity and interests. It’s one thing to read about and intellectually understand why this...
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TIGed Professional Development this Spring!
Katherine Walraven | March 7th, 2012 @ 10:51AM | 0 Comments
Here at TIGed (tiged.org) we are so excited to have a full plate of professional development offerings (pd.tiged.org) this Spring! With 2 new e-courses launching, there are a few really valuable options to choose from. We are currently offering 3 e-courses: "Project-based Learning for Global Citizenship"; "Education to Environmental Stewardship"; and "Educators Inspiring Student Voice". TIGed...
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