Teacher education and partnerships with galleries: What do pre-service teachers think?

Partnerships with cultural organisations such as galleries and museums are under utilised by teacher education programs in Australia (Abeles, 2004; Bybee, 2001; Falk, 2001; Lemon& Garvis, 2014; Nichols, 2014; Wilson, 2004). Cultural organisations are community assets that offer a range of rich and diverse learning resources and programs for learners encompassing all levels of education (Eames & Coll,…

Adolescents, their relationship with teachers and coping skills to adjust to teacher classroom management strategies.

The classroom, as a social setting for learning, provides a dynamic, yet bounded, set of conditions that engage and affect the learning process. These conditions serve either to support or constrain development of learners (Grossman, Smagorinsky & Valencia, 1999; Martin 2004). From this sociocultural perspective learning is viewed as an active process in which knowledge…

The 9 commandments of Tweets that add no value

A fellow passionate social media user for professional connections pinged me a great blog post that made me think about the value of tweets and how we critically read them. Jan (@Janpcim)  and I have regularly talked about the value of social media for us as educators. We are both advocates of this way of working and…

Renewing and reinvigorating to work smarter

Over the end of year period I stopped. I think it was the first time in over 12 months that I actually truly stopped to reinvigorate my body and my mind, and most importantly to reflect about how I wanted to approach this new year. Some might call it a new year’s resolution but for…

What 2014 has taught me…

It’s coming to the end of the year and Chat with Rellypops blog is going to take the time out to relax and refresh after an action packed year. I’ve been slightly more reflective than usual about the events of 2014 and thought it would be timely to consider what I have learnt from the…

#AcademicsWhoTweet meets #digitalacademics

Over two days I was involved in what I’m calling a Think Tank. Great brains from different parts of the world, at different stages in their research, and indeed careers, all in one room discussing what is means to be a Digital Academic in the contemporary environment of higher education. As a part of the…

Supporting early career researchers

  Over the past twelve months a colleague and I have embarked on a challenge together, that is to co edit a book that provides a voice for early career women in higher education. We had been on a journey ourselves and found reflective practice and seeking social support rewarding as we decoded expectations and ways of…

#warshipbootcamp has begun

Over the past two days 26 idea generators have been working together at the Australian National Maritime Musuem to look at what curriculum material could be developed for a massive new program – the Warships Pavilion. As a collective we come from a variety of different backgrounds (curators, museum educators, curriculum policy makers, teacher educators, technology experts,…

Tweeting as note taking

There are many ways to note take. One way I have been exploring my digital note taking is through Twitter. I have to compose my thoughts in 140 characters and this naturally lends itself to breaking down key areas, content, ideas, or links I want to capture. I’ve been participating in a large round table…

Making connections and keeping connected

I’m in Hong Kong at the moment attending the #HERDSA14 conference and thought I’d share the poster presentation my colleagues and I have prepared for those who can’t be here. Making connections and keeping connected: Engaging diverse learners across multiple sites Our research team: Dr Narelle Lemon, Professor Tanya Fitzgerald, Dr Caroline Walta, Dr Deborah…

#shutupandfindajournal

This morning I set up a session with some colleagues that dedicated time to searching for a suitable journal for publications we are all working on. We thought we would do it together to support one another and to be able to ask questions to assist in the thinking process. Participating in this dedication of…

Tips for managing your time

Lately a few people in higher education have been asking me about how I manage my time. It’s a great question as it encouraged me to reflect upon the strategies I use and have been trying as I manage my time and commitments associated to working as an academic. I thought I’d share some of…