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Educators are now well aware that we live in a world that is ‘both technologically rich and information-rich’ (MCEETYA, 2005). The education community is still exploring how to apply this wealth of new knowledge most usefully within schools, and individual teachers are also finding their way within a range of programs, policies and research findings. The Le@rning Federation (TLF) has developed Scootle, a website to allow jurisdictions to give their teachers a quick, approachable way to find and use digital curriculum content in their classrooms, and their school leaders a means to oversee this usage and draw on it for future school-level planning.
Professional Development is a life-long learning process that involves different activities including individual progress, continuing education, inservice education, peer collaboration, study groups, and peer coaching or mentoring. The importance of professional development lays in the fact that it is closely related to the overall quality of education and students achievements. Teachers who stop learning and suffice themselves with the curriculum content soon turn into hard working students only a step above their actual students. Given this huge weight of professional development in our life in general and in the intellectual one in particular, I am sharing with you some great resources that will help you grow professionally and expand your knowledge. But before that let me quote you what Grant ( n.d ) thinks about professional development :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/manoregejimas/6891585051/ As teachers, we have come to learn over the years that we should never expect our students to fully understand a new idea without some form of structured support framework, or scaffolding as the current buzzword defines it. If we want them to solve a problem, we tend to provide them with a range of strategies and tools to assist them.
I received this in an email. I don’t know who wrote this but thought it a worthy read: My dentist is great!
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The Review In 2010 the Australian Government commissioned a Review of Funding for Schooling. Chaired by David Gonski, the review panel received more than 7000 submissions, visited 39 schools and consulted 71 key education groups across Australia. The Review Panel presented its final report to the Government in late 2011, at which time the Australian Government began consulting with communities around the country about the report, and the future of school funding. Other reports issued by the Review Panel Table showing the work underway following the Government’s initial response to the Review of Funding for Schooling final report.
I was recently invited to write an article on TeachMeets for the School Leaders Scotland “Scottish Leader” magazine, and it was fascinating to do. I learned so much doing it, and promised to post the article on my blog (the article was produced under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share-Alike license). With the #tmfuture debate starting off tonight, I felt it may be an opportune moment to post it – so here goes! TeachMeet – the story so far. Have you ever heard of TeachMeet?
At a small school district, I faced the challenge as an administrator of diminishing the achievement gap in the student scores, especially in math and science.
Collaborative approach ... Merrylands East Public School principal John Goh argues that strong parental input is essential in the running of a school. Photo: Wolter Peeters CHANGING a school's hours is not a decision to be made lightly. But at the request of the students' parents, that is exactly what Merrylands East Public School is considering doing next year. The principal, John Goh, and the school community are considering a plan in which lessons are held from 8am to 1.15pm and students will then work at a homework centre until 3pm.