Learning and Teaching at Gilson College

Learning for living, Character for life, Hope for the Future


National ‘Sorry’ Day – May 26


These resources from ABC Splash will be useful for teachers and students as the explore the significance of this historical 2008 event for all Australians, but in particular our indigenous people.


Neuroscience of Leadership: Are you causing people pain?

This is short article on the Neuroscience of Leadership is worth reading and noting.


1:1 iPads – Working with fewer apps can make for more success…

English: An image of an iPad 2.

English: An image of an iPad 2. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This recent post, ‘iPads in the Classroom – Can we make it simpler.’, linked above,  from Daniel Edward’s blog, SydEd, is worth reading and noting! By both administrators and teachers. Daniel’s good advice is relevant to us at ASV, especially as our schools and teachers develop their 1:1 programs and apps lists.

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Some excellent English usage, and other Infographics from huntingenglish

Alex Quigley, (I identified Alex from his twitter handle, @HuntingEnglish ) writes on his blog of the same name:

I have to say I am mildly addicted to finding these great infographics. They are an excellent way of presenting a vast amount of information in a lively, visually interesting way. I am set on finding the best of them and when I get some time in the summer actually creating my own!

Alex certainly has found some very informative and useful infographics, which you might be able to put to good use in your teaching and learning programs.

Infographics | huntingenglish

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‘Defining and Developing Spirituality in Christian Schools’ – Mark Treadwell

Circle - Phil's Provocations
At ACEL last week I listened to Mark Treadwell speak about conceptual learning. Today I received in my email inbox, eCSM, from Circle which included a link to Mark’s article that I’ve linked here. It is worth reading carefully and pondering on. What does developing a comprehensive program for embedding Christian values in learning and teaching mean for the development of our students’ character and their relationships with each other and our God.


Mark Treadwell writes:

‘…Schools that embed Christian values into their culture and promotion subsequently attract a clientele that desires such values. This provides the school with a warranty to espouse those values with clarity and purpose. The elements that contribute to the formation of a student’s character and principles should be developed in a planned and strategic manner and done so explicitly and with no apology. This requires a good understanding of how virtues can be developed, encouraged and outworked in a student’s life to a point where they become dispositions that are applied with passion…

Read on…


John Hattie interviews Pasi Sahlberg

Thank you to my colleague, Mark Vodell, Principal of Gilson College, for sending me a link to another video worth viewing and reflecting on. The blurb from the source introduces the participants and the context.

‘In Conversation with Pasi Sahlberg and John Hattie: two of the world’s leading education experts on how Australia can learn from others and improve its educational outcomes.

Pasi Sahlberg is Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in the Ministry of Education in Finland. He has worked as a teacher, teacher-educator, policy advisor and director, and for the World Bank and European Commission.

Professor John Hattie is director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors which improve student learning.’


While I believe we certainly can learn from the experiences of other countries, I also agree with perspectives taken from a number of presentations at this year’s Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL) Conference held in Brisbane this week: We also have much we can learn from each other in Australia – across sectors, systems and schools. We all have knowledge and understanding of, and experience in the Australian education context and culture,

What is your opinion?

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TEDx Melbourne – Will Richardson, Educational Leadership


A thought provoking video about educational leadership from Will Richardson at TEDx Melbourne, September 2012!