Category Archives: Teaching

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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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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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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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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