Museums and social media – sharing pedagogies of practice

In the week that has just gone I have had the pleasure to attend to Museums and the Web Asia conference held in Melbourne. I have been inspired by the ideas, perspectives and openness of presenters both local and national, and reminded of why I find working with the GLAM sector so  enjoyable. I was delighted …

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I felt quietly confident I could teach…Children, In Melbourne, & with the internet, interactive whiteboards, air conditioning and projectors…

This guest post is by Lindsay Holt and shares insights into teaching in Laos.  Lindsay is a recently graduated Primary Teacher with a Bachelor in Arts majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. She is fascinated with the constructed space of the classroom and the context surrounding it, wherever it may be. Lindsay is currently exploring the …

Gotta Go Stand Up and Be A Teacher: 50 Things Pre-Service Teachers Should Know

Recently in a discussion with first year undergraduate Pre-Service Teachers' (PSTs) the situation of placement came up. In particular we discussed the things they wished they had known prior to going on placement in a school or educational setting. In retrospect reflecting on these things was easier now, as at the beginning of the year …

Narratives that nudge: Raising theoretical questions about reflective practice

The narratives of pre-service teachers in this paper tell a story which interrupts the notion that reflective practice necessarily produces a transformative self. Although this argument is not new, the extent to which the utility of reflective practice is taken for granted in the current context of teacher education (beginning and continuing) remains greater than …

Looking through the eyes of a child through the lens of a camera

I am a firm believer that young people are capable photographers. The power that their images have in sharing their voice is significant in any forum but in the learning and teaching environment this way of communicating has the potential to  contribute greatly to the learning of all in that environment. This post shares a …

Project #pstn: engaging pre-service teachers in the Twitterverse

This post is a refereed paper that I have co-written with colleagues about Twitter and the place it can have in Teacher Education as a way to support personal learning networks. The paper is made available to contribute to the field and can be referenced as follows: Lemon, N., Thorneycroft, S., Jones, D., & Forner, …

“Great class today, you are free to go”…but we have an hour to go????

How many times have you been in a learning situation where you have been allowed to go home early? Sometimes it feels like “great, now I can go and do something else like run to the supermarket and pick up those vegies I thought I wouldn’t be able to”. Or sometimes its, “excellent now I …

Generation Y Teachers – a label that generates many assumptions! (…and they are not always true)

Many of the reports and research published about Gen Y and the future of them as teachers is American based. Very little reports about the Australian context have been carried out, it is an interesting field and I have thought a lot about it and would like to do some research into this area in …