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Dr Goss presentation materials. Shifting away from distractions to improve Australia's schools : MGSE. Jack Keating Memorial LecturePresented by Laureate Professor John Hattie The too long school reforms have been focused on structural solutions such as curricula, assessment, class size, autonomy and parental choice.

Shifting away from distractions to improve Australia's schools : MGSE

However, after decades of investing in these popular policy fixes the best that can be said for Australia is that the achievement and engagement of our students is declining. Geoff Masters. Image © Shutterstock/Sergey Nivens In my recent Teacher article ‘Big five’ challenges in school education I argue that one of the biggest challenges we face in school education is to raise the status of teaching as a career choice, to attract more able people into teaching and to develop teaching as a knowledge-based profession.

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‘Big five’ challenges in school education. [Image © Shutterstock/ Stokkete] There is no shortage of challenges in school education.

‘Big five’ challenges in school education

Some of the biggest challenges we face can appear frustratingly intractable. Despite reform efforts, regular government reviews and ongoing calls for change, progress in addressing our most significant challenges is often slow and solutions continue to elude us. It’s not that we don’t know what the challenges are. Education Week. Finland schools: Subjects are out and ‘topics’ are in as country reforms its education system - Europe. For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

Finland schools: Subjects are out and ‘topics’ are in as country reforms its education system - Europe

Only far eastern countries such as Singapore and China outperform the Nordic nation in the influential Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings. Politicians and education experts from around the world – including the UK – have made pilgrimages to Helsinki in the hope of identifying and replicating the secret of its success.

Classroom Practice. Looking at Classroom Practice What does it look like to improve my teaching practice?

Classroom Practice

Every day in classrooms across Australia teachers are assessing what their students know and what they still need to know, based on their expert content knowledge and understanding of their students and how they learn. This knowledge base enables them to understand where their students are currently situated on a particular learning pathway and to know what to do to move the learning forward. Take Back Control of Professional Development - Leadership 360. When professional development plans are driven by the major changes in the field, it can feel as if yet another local and individual decision has been stripped away.

Take Back Control of Professional Development - Leadership 360

The field is still working toward the best ways to implement teacher and principal evaluation systems in order to maintain fidelity with their dual purpose of improving practice and the achievement of all students. Not all agree that this is a sound process. The field is still working toward a full understanding of the Common Core while some are arguing its value and purpose. Can we change the PD culture of communication? By Tom DaccordRead more by Contributor October 9th, 2014 In other cultures, constructive criticism is accepted without emotional offense One of my first activities as an Outstanding Educator in Residence with the Academy of Singapore Teachers two winters ago was to observe elementary school students using laptops in a “hands-on” digital storytelling activity.

Can we change the PD culture of communication?

At the front of the classroom stood a twenty-something teacher, only six months into her profession. At the back of the room were 20 observers–yes, 20–led by the principal of the school and including department heads, curriculum leaders, and several Singapore Ministry of Education representatives. Effective classroom observations SmartBlogs. One of the time-honored practices of school leaders is to visit classrooms and conduct teacher observations.

Effective classroom observations SmartBlogs

These visits are intended to provide teachers with constructive feedback about their performance and help them enhance their professional practice. They also help principals keep tabs on instruction and evaluate teacher performance. While the goals behind teacher observations are laudable, the process sometimes does not follow the script and can even lead to frustration and resentment for both parties. For teachers, observations can oftentimes be disruptive. Even when notified previously, the presence of one or more administrators can interrupt the flow of class and be unnerving. Many principals struggle with the process as well. I experienced these issues firsthand, as a teacher and then as a principal. Clarify intentions. By following at least some of these suggestions, principals can set a more positive, focused and goal-oriented tone to the observation process. Related Posts. The Beginner's Guide To Learning Analytics. We haven’t talked about learning analytics in awhile (at least not specifically), but that doesn’t mean learning analytics have missed the mark (last year, learning analytics were tagged as a ‘top trend’ in education).

The Beginner's Guide To Learning Analytics

Value-added-measures-report. Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others. A new study suggests that parents and teachers may be sending kids the wrong message.

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

A new study from Harvard University reveals that the message parents mean to send children about the value of empathy is being drowned out by the message we actually send: that we value achievement and happiness above all else. System_leadership_for_innovation_in_education.