Source: Classroom Design Matters
According to a recent Victorian study, many assistant principals aren’t prepared to take on the role of principal because of the associated work stress.
Responding to the survey, Dennis Yarrington, president of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) was quoted saying that many states and territories were already looking at “innovative practices around principal development” to provide the skills and knowledge to be able to cope with increasing workloads.
I am a champion of innovation but what is the rationale for finding more efficient ways of fixing an old model of schooling and its increasing workloads?
As Canadian theorist George Siemens said you can’t expect theories from a largely industrial era to work in a digital one. The solution is to create new pedagogies, new understandings of knowledge, a new view of learning and I would add new roles for teachers and leaders.
If anything, the study highlights that as a profession we aren’t responding to or adapting quickly enough to…
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Our system has always welcomed the opportunity to engage with leading Canadian educator George Couros. For me, George not only understands the theory but he is intensely practical – he knows how to empower teachers and learners. George’s book The Innovator’s Mindset was recently published and I am grateful for his guest blogpost on why an innovator’s mindset will help educators and schools move forward.
In an effort to bring the past alive, a historic tour of a Blockbuster store offers visitors a glimpse into the hardships of people who lived in the era of video stores. In a revealing video, reporters from The Onion interview period actors who explain that people once traveled great distances (sometimes six miles each way!) to rent and return movies. These poor souls lived in terror of never knowing if the movie they wanted would even be available!
The Onion’s video, of course, is a…
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Just like the shift from the factory model of schooling, leadership in education (and in life) is transitioning from command and control, centralised power to shared and collegial model. The innovation trajectory of Atlassian, originally an Australian start-up, is remarkable and it has topped the BRW best place to work. Atlassian understands the idea of change and agility:
“When I hear companies say they want to preserve their culture, I get worried because those things will always evolve with the people you add,” said Jeff Diana, the chief people officer.
Nothing stands still. Innovate or perish, or at least kill-off that spark of curiosity within every child starting school.
I’m enjoying reading George Couros’ book The Innovators Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, published just a few months ago. He wrote:
If we want innovative students we need innovative educators
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Datu Bethke’s short film will show with the best HSC Drama individual projects of 2015. Some of Datu’s work has featured previously on this blog. He has shown a real talent for film making since his early days in the Year 10 Religion course. A great talent who hopefully will go on to bigger and better things in the world of film.
The final component of our Sunsprint journey is the presentation of each student’s learning journey. Over the past term all students involved in the Sunsprint Challenge have been gathering information piecing together their journey from the very start of the year until the UNSW Sunsprint Challenge last September.
This is quite a long process sorting through all the photos and videos taken throughout the construction phase. A few weeks ago all students submitted a draft presentation for viewing and feedback and are now in the process of submitting their final presentations for viewing.