‘Teacher’ has published part 2 of my article on positive teaching today. Have a look!
An article I’ve written for ‘Teacher’ has been published today …all about the place for humour in teaching, using Dr Seuss as the muse. This is Part 1 of a 2 part offering on the attributes that teachers can bring to help transform learners. Check it out.
Last week the Review of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) released their review. The recommendations are a bit disappointing. I wrote another blog post for EduResearch Matters with my colleague Donna Pendergast. The post outlines the areas of concern. Fundamentally though, there is an abiding sense that Australia is full of stakeholders in education, rather than partners. Until the partnership notion is fully embraced then I think we will continue to feel the effects of division and mistrust.
Hi, so I’ve added a piece to EduResearch Matters, have a look: EduResearch Matters: Bahr August 2016
So now I’ve made a short video to explain the situation regarding the media’s misstep in reporting my newest book. I’m still waiting for a media retraction, but I note that the online versions of the newspaper articles have been withdrawn. I hope you’ll download (it’s free) and read the book. For those of you who are teacher educators, I hope you will find ways to embed some of the material into your class readings. Anyway, here is the video link. Sorry that it looks as it does … but unfortunately, that’s the way I look 🙂
Once again, here’s the link to the book. It’s a free download: http://research.acer.edu.au/aer/15/
This overview is a stronger review of our new book.
Have a listen to my attempt at a 2 minute audio comment regarding the reception of the new AER61 book mentioned in earlier posts.
Check out this report …A critique and review of the Australian teacher education context with a call to consider the personal attributes of teachers that combine with essential competencies to transform learners. The report advocates for the role of effective teacher education in building quality teachers. Available for free download or hard copy purchase. http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi…
The time has come for the teaching profession to reclaim positive attention for themselves. Teaching and teacher education are rigorous fields of endeavour that require deep seated professional, theoretical and practical knowledge, wrapped up in a suite of positive personal attributes that serve to transform learners. Teachers need to be fair, kind, to be of good humour and sensitivity, and quality teachers understand how these attributes can drive pedagogy, curriculum and assessment. They understand how to motivate students and to build their self worth and aspirations. Quality teachers are competent in a myriad of professional tasks such as planning, behaviour management, development of resources and so forth. But beyond this, they influence lives. Through effective teacher education, pre-service teachers can be exposed to experiences that challenge their beliefs, that raise their expectations for learners, and that build their interpersonal skills such that they can positively influence their learners and the learning.
I hope this site will attract comment, anecdotes, research findings and general discussion about the approaches to teacher education that have been most successful in attending to the holistic development of quality teachers.