April 2013

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Christopher Bounds‘s insight:

A nice reflection by Sarah MacDonald on failure and some of the different ways in which men and women respond to failure.We heard this presentation, so this article is a memento of a very good day.

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The tone of the opponents in this debate over charter schools sounds disturbingly like the school funding debates of the seventies in Australia!

Furious parents hijack US public schools.

So in 2011 Diaz and a group of parents took radical action and suddenly found themselves at the centre of one of America’s new culture-war battlegrounds, the conflict over the rise of charter schools – schools that are largely publicly funded but operated by private companies.

Diaz and her friends began to use a controversial new Californian law, known as the parent trigger, that allows groups of parents to sack their school district, take over its administration and select a private operator to run their school as a charter.

The law has appealed so directly to conservatives – and to some liberals – across the country that it has spread fast, especially in the South, where distrust of government institutions is ingrained. It is estimated that since California passed the law it has become so widespread 25 per cent of American parents live in areas covered by parent trigger laws.

Driving the spread and use of the laws is a non-profit organisation called Parent Revolution. Parent Revolution helped Diaz and her friends pull the trigger at Desert Trails and is now in contact with parents from another two dozen schools, according to its founder, Ben Austin.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/furious-parents-hijack-us-public-schools-20130426-2ijsi.html#ixzz2RinUznDP

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There are some big myths about writing with mobile devices. But are they actually true? The EdTechTeacher team weighs in on a controversial topic.

Christopher Bounds‘s insight:

I scooped this initially because I am interested in the relative value of writing as opposed to word-processing. There is no doubt that the student in today’s classroom writes much less, hence out concern about the ability of students to communicate their learning in examination situations. This concern is misplaced, however – the brain-dump has never been particularly valued in the exam room and the Board’s research suggests that 800–1000 words is probably optimal for a legible, concise and intelligent Band 6. They need to be able to write, but not write like us ancient types did.

So that disposes of the first objection to word processing, or indeed to writing on mobile devices. This article certainly attacks the notion that one can’t write in extended forms on a mobile device (more value judgements in that sentence, by the way!!). My championing of the iPad comes from a number of sources, often connected with the ability of students with a tablet to move around with it, converse with others face-to-face, interact more effectively with the teacher, all sorts of important aspects of social learing. One factor that has always been in the back of my mind, however, has been that an ipad can co-exist on a desk with a writing pad. Writing, it seems, has some significant cognitive benefits. Without quoting all the research, read this review:


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Schools are introducing rules for how parents and teachers should interact as part of a growing push back against families who hover too much.

Christopher Bounds‘s insight:

Ahh, the helicopter parent! Our worst nightmare perhaps, but so often the behaviour of both parent and child masks a real need with which we need to have some sensitivity. I like these rules:

Expect to wait 24 hours for a response to an email.
If the matter is urgent, ring the school office.
Don’t call or text your child’s mobile during class time.
Don’t call or text your child’s teacher directly.
Make an appointment to discuss an issue with a teacher, don’t accost them at the start or end of the school day.
Leave the classroom when the first bell rings.
Don’t discuss your concerns with administration staff.

Most of the problems can be resolved with appropriate openness on both sides. A parent contactedin a timely manner will always be your friend.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/teachers-taught-to-ground-helicopters-20130427-2ilb7.html#ixzz2RiF2SKTn

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Assistant Principal – Learning and Teaching
Chevalier College, Bowral
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Why do we study Shakespeare in school? How can plays written four centuries ago still be relevant today? Especially when…

Christopher Bounds‘s insight:

I’m not going to argue. My position is simpler — it’s fun to teach and therefore the kids learn! 

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When we were growing up, my father occasionally stood each of us against the back door and marked our height on the door in pencil. He wrote our initials and the date alongside each mark.

Christopher Bounds‘s insight:

I’m not sure that Geoff Masters has said anything radically new here: most research and intelligent comment has been saying this for decades. It is, after all, the basis for much that we understand about assessment for learning, which comes down to the link between endeavour, feedback and learning outcome.

What is different is the calibre of the commentator: ACER has shown the polical savvy to gain a considerable leverage with Governments and bureacracies. It may well be that this contributes to a harmonising of some of the quality teaching stuff promoted by AITSL and others. The biggest change needed is the legislative requirement to give reports with letter grades, which is now an embarrassment – and was never very helpful for those schools already doing more progressive reporting.

As always, New Zealand is leading the way with the widespread adoption of on-line portfolios accessible by parents. Could we have a Kiwi coup, please?

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