Transitioning through life

I can’t stop thinking that our work in the service of others, as teachers, social workers, carers, police, and so forth, is hampered by a tendency to over complicate things. Our support for people facing life transitions is a perfect example. For children, we have separate transition models to guide their move into kindy, school,... Continue Reading →

On the behaviour of jets.

I’ve often been mystified and amazed by those people that seem to defy the rules of natural progression and race to the top of their field at blistering speed. I call them jets. These people, I think, have some common characteristics that I’ve noticed. I wonder what would happen if the general Joe Blows of... Continue Reading →

Higher Education Academy

I've decided to submit an application to the Higher Education Academy in the UK for a Fellowship. There seems to be quite a lot involved. Although a teaching and learning philosophy statement isn't exactly required (although the suggestion is that it might be helpful), I have had a go at one below. The difficulty is... Continue Reading →

Middle Years second edition

Donna Pendergast & Nan Bahr (Eds) The publisher's overview: "The middle years of schooling are increasingly recognised as a crucial stage in students’ lives, one that has significant consequences for ongoing educational success. Teaching Middle Years offers a systematic overview of the philosophy, principles and issues in middle schooling. It includes contributions from academics and... Continue Reading →

Teaching Middle Years

Our book ... here's the publisher's spiel: "Teaching Middle Years has established itself as the most respected Australian text to focus on the adolescent years of schooling. Recognition of the educational importance of this age group continues to grow as research reveals the benefits of programs designed especially for young people's needs. This third edition... Continue Reading →

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 →

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