Author Archives: wendyapatton

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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Influencing others to teach


Following my last blog, two opposing opinion pieces related to its theme have been published by the ABC:  Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers (Bahr and Ferreira) and Teachers can earn more than dentists – and other … Continue reading

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Challenging the public discourse on the teaching profession


What can we do to challenge the public discourse about our profession? The Queensland College of Teachers is providing evidence to do just that. Recent media reports have again challenged the quality of teaching in Australia. These reports are often … Continue reading

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