“Oh kids are mean, aren’t they?”

This phrase, "Oh kids are mean, aren't they?" is common enough, usually said by an adult in response to a story of some unkindness sprayed at one child from others. It is often followed up with a comment to diminish the significance of the meanness, something like “Kids always find some aspect to pick on,... Continue Reading →

Building quality in teacher education

1st International Conference on Innovation in Learning Instruction and Teacher Education, Hanoi National University of Education Here is a transcript of my opening address for this conference. 1st-international-conference-on-innovation-in-learning-instruction-and-teacher-educationDownload

The Millennial Adolescent

Nan Bahr & Donna Pendergast Teachers play a pivotal role in the lives of adolescents. They are charged with the responsibility to educate young people to live as active, informed and engaged members of society. In aspiring to this vision, teachers perform as mentors and role models; collaborators and guides; disciplinarians and managers; assessors and... Continue Reading →

Short video

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 I'm still waiting for a media retraction, but I note that the online versions of the newspaper articles have been withdrawn.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... Continue Reading →

A quality read

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…

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