Author Archives: wendyapatton

Take time to celebrate your year and your profession


As another end of the school year is nigh, it is timely to revisit a key theme of some of my blogs this year. I have emphasised how important it is to celebrate teachers and their unique contribution to the … Continue reading

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Why your registration as a teacher is valuable


Last week we celebrated World Teachers’ Day. The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) was at the forefront, promoting and celebrating Queensland teachers through publishing stories of more than 200 nominees in the 10th year of the Excellence in Teaching Awards. … Continue reading

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Top of the Class: Maintaining the teaching passion


(And some words about a teacher who inspired me: Jim Gall) My two previous blogs have focused on the significant work intensification and changing employment practices which are contributors to a decline in teacher satisfaction and morale, and a concomitant … Continue reading

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Enhancing teacher well-being: Individual and system strategies


My previous blog provided evidence that teachers’ well-being is subject to ongoing challenge from many areas. While we all have a role in maintaining our health, I remain adamant that it is not the individual’s sole responsibility to manage their … Continue reading

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Teacher well-being – what the evidence shows


Following the mid-year break, it is worth reflecting on an issue that dominated the media during the break period, that of teacher well-being. Why is teacher reported stress increasing? During the previous few weeks, a Sydney private school principal asked … Continue reading

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Individualising Learning


Is technology the answer to maximise individualised learning? How can teachers and school systems collaborate to enhance professional learning opportunities to build teacher skills in this area? Discussions in government reports and online posts have again raised the challenge of … Continue reading

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What can systems do to empower teachers


We need to remind policymakers of the importance of education, and the essential role of teachers in the lives of individuals, and ipso facto in the social, economic and political well-being of our countries. The Australian Government Productivity Commission (2017) … Continue reading

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