Author Archives: wendyapatton

Professional standards as a hallmark of quality teaching

The first blogs of 2019 have emphasised the quality of teaching and address commonly held myths around entry levels into teaching and beginning teacher attrition rates. In this blog, I want to underscore the professional standards which underpin and strengthen … Continue reading

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More than an entry score

Each new year brings media attention to the issue of the quality of entrants to the teaching profession, with repeated citing of ‘poor’ ATAR scores as the sole source of evidence. I want to debunk some of the commonly held … Continue reading

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The truth about teacher attrition.

Teaching enables joy and fulfilment of a purpose bigger than the individual. (Marg L) Guiding children’s learning through the stages of development is a unique privilege. (Ken Mc) I have found that the smaller successes – such as when a … Continue reading

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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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