Category: Collaborative Learning

August 6, 2019 Island Teacher

Many years ago I taught a boy who had very little interest in the diet of stories and writing tasks that seemed to dominate most primary classrooms. In this small rural school, quite a few of the children knew that they would inherit the family farm and dairy herd. This…

November 8, 2018 Island Teacher

Great Schools have always been more than a collection of great teachers.  Too often we individualise great teaching to a formula that often ignores the power of the collective.  Or we fail to include the power of individual teacher efficacy in the formulaic compiling of characteristics of great teaching.  In…

August 26, 2018 Island Teacher No comments exist

In education today most school websites at some point make reference to school values.  For some schools like faith-based ones, their values are likely to reflect those based on ‘meta-narratives like the Bible or the Koran.  Other schools might choose values based on normative beliefs within their community os stakeholders.  In some…

August 25, 2018 Island Teacher No comments exist

Employers are often bemoaning the fact that many young people entering the marketplace do not have enough personal resilience to see a task through when they get stuck or enter a challenging longer collaborative group project. In one sense, these kinds of learning opportunities are not so much measuring knowledge…