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What do you think allows for exceptional learning?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Penelope Vos Oct 24, 2011. 3 Replies

I'm in the midst of writing about about the thinking that allows for / creates a learning environment that empowers students to be exceptional. My belief is that every student can be exceptional in…Continue

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Building Trust and Developing Teacher Leadership

“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.”Patanjali, Ancient Yoga MasterWhen I first began as an educational consultant I thought that my core business would be working with teachers and schools supporting them to plan rich, authentic learning…See More
May 22
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Bringing Parents into the Learning Partnership

A student’s performance is mostly impacted by three communitiesThe School Learning EnvironmentThe Student’s Peer Community and their own beliefs about learningThe Parental / Family CommunitySchools tend to spend most of their time, money and energy working on the School-Student leg. Most of the professional…See More
Feb 11
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Sharing Ideas, Practices, Roadmaps and Worked Examples

As you may know (from all my blog posts here) we have been in the business of running pedagogical and leadership workshops that not only shift people's thinking but provide hands-on practical approaches to implement great learning practices and learning cultures within your school.One of the great benefits of being a consultancy that works across school systems and many schools is that we see great ideas, practices and learning materials that we love sharing. In light of this every year we…See More
Nov 19, 2013
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Can DO Lists

One of the things I love about being an educational consultant is that I am always learning from schools as they learn from me. My work becomes an automatic structure for reflection, growth and the challenging or expanding of my thinking. As I go from school to school I pick up new ideas, new ways of thinking about what I am discussing at the time, and occasionally have blinding…See More
Oct 7, 2013
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Moving from a Deficit to a Developmental Mindset

Deficit (noun):  Inadequacy or insufficiency, an unfavourable condition or position, to be lacking or a shortage. From the Latin – it lacksDevelopmental (noun):  The act of developing from a simpler or lower to a more advanced, mature or complex form or stage I received a call this morning from a teacher friend of mine. Claire…See More
May 14, 2013
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Movement, Mental Imagery and Performance

 Human beings, like all species, are very physically oriented. Up to 70% of the brain is devoted to movement and operating in a complex environment. So it comes as no surprise that research in the latest Behaviour and Brain Functions journal that adding movement to rehearsal can improve performance.Whilst the …See More
Feb 21, 2013
Adrian Bertolini posted a blog post

Avoiding Shotgun Learning

Quite often, developing powerful and meaningful key understandings is an area that teachers struggle with as they create and plan authentic rich task units. This is a critical step that many teachers can gloss over in planning but can make a profound difference to having clear, powerful units that provide great learning opportunities.What we have experienced when teachers have begun the…See More
Jan 31, 2013
Adrian Bertolini commented on Adrian Bertolini's blog post Deliberate Practice and Skill Development
"Hi Virginia Sorry for taking so long to reply I have been off on holidays (as I expect you to have been given you are in Australia!). ITC (http://www.itcpublications.com.au/resources) suggest a whole range of graphic organisers related to differing…"
Jan 15, 2013
Virginia Snoswell commented on Adrian Bertolini's blog post Deliberate Practice and Skill Development
"I have taken a look at your rubric and am wondering if you have a source of templates of graphic organisers that you provide students as options? I am familiar with PMI but would love to have more resources ready to hand."
Dec 20, 2012
Adrian Bertolini posted a blog post

Scaffolding Student Accountability

A conversation I have been having with teachers I have been working with for the past 6 months revolves around creating structures of accountability for students. This stems from the analogy I use to contextualise the importance of scaffolding student centred learning.The essence of the argument is that you cannot learn how…See More
Nov 12, 2012
Adrian Bertolini posted a blog post

Is Ability Grouping or Streaming Effective?

We have been approached by a number of teachers over the past few months to discuss the value of streaming students in ability groupings as a way of improving performance. There is also a big push amongst education unions to lower class sizes as a way of again improving performance of students. The logic behind such…See More
Oct 12, 2012
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Teacher Performance Frameworks

I have been following with much interest the blogs, news articles and debates about teacher rating occurring in the USA. Part of my interest stems from the discussion that is starting to occur in Australia, driven by our Federal Government, about teacher performance and productivity.I want to say something upfront…See More
Sep 15, 2012
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“Only 10 more weeks....” Stress Less: Work Smarter, NOT harder.

Cathryn Stephens – Lead Educational Designer, Intuyu ConsultingThe start of a new term brings with it new stationery, new ideas and a new countdown to the next school holidays! Many teachers spend the last few, precious days of their break becoming increasingly stressed out – not necessarily about the curriculum to be developed or how they will manage that difficult student/parent/colleague (insert…See More
Jul 18, 2012
Adrian Bertolini posted a blog post

Are you ready for the Australian Curriculum?

I thought I would provoke some discussion and thinking up front in today's blog. I want to be especially confronting to the status quo that schools are in at the moment because we have a belief ... opinion ... viewpoint ... that most schools are living in lala land about the Australian Curriculum. [Note: Lala Land is that land you go to when you put your hands over your ears and shout loudly…See More
Jul 4, 2012
Adrian Bertolini posted a blog post

Success Criteria -the Missing Link in the Learning Partnership?

Most of the teachers I work with, in schools all over Australia, have for some time included Learning Goals or Learning Intentions in their planning and use these with their students. Some teachers use WALT (What Are we Learning Today?) or simply begin with the phrase ‘Today I am learning to...’ In some learning spaces, the Learning Goal has a designated space on a whiteboard or noticeboard so that the students can refer to it as they work. If the learning community is further along on their…See More
Jun 5, 2012
Adrian Bertolini posted a blog post

Deliberate Practice and Skill Development

One of the clear facets of the Australian Curriculum is the requirement for teachers to explicitly develop skills in the students. These skills include both the subject specific skills as well as what are now termed the general capabilities (another name for interdisciplinary skills).The challenge for teachers is figuring out HOW they are going to be more explicit about developing…See More
May 9, 2012

Profile Information

Do you work in the education sector? What is your role?
Educational Consultant
Describe any innovative projects that you have been involved with (include weblinks if possible)
I was program manager and co-writer of the ruMAD program with the Education Foundation (www.rumad.org.au) which was all about empowering students to create projects to make a difference. This has led to a wealth of student-centred and driven projects.
Describe any innovative projects that you would like to pursue for which you are seeking collaborative partners
Currently writing a book called "Exceptional" which is about identifying the thinking required by schools to create learning environments that develop every student to be exceptional
Are you representing a commercial organisation or company?
Yes

Adrian Bertolini's Blog

Building Trust and Developing Teacher Leadership

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 15:51 0 Comments

When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.”

Patanjali, Ancient Yoga Master

When I first began as an educational consultant I thought that my core business would…

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Bringing Parents into the Learning Partnership

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 16:13 0 Comments

A student’s performance is mostly impacted by three communities

  1. The School Learning Environment
  2. The Student’s Peer Community and their own beliefs about learning
  3. The Parental / Family Community

Schools tend to spend most of their time, money and energy working…

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Sharing Ideas, Practices, Roadmaps and Worked Examples

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 9:40 0 Comments

As you may know (from all my blog posts here) we have been in the business of running pedagogical and leadership workshops that not only shift people's thinking but provide hands-on practical approaches to implement great learning practices and learning cultures within your school.

One of the great benefits of being a consultancy that works across school systems and many schools is that we see great ideas, practices and learning materials that we love sharing. In light of this every…

Continue

Can DO Lists

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:58 0 Comments

One of the things I love about being an educational consultant is that I am always learning from schools as they learn from me. My work becomes an automatic structure for reflection, growth and the challenging or expanding of my thinking. As I go from school to school I pick up new ideas, new ways of thinking about what I am discussing at the time, and…

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At 9:40 on October 21, 2011, Tricia Robertson said…

Hi Adrian

Welcome to the Educators' Guide to Innovation. Please take time to look around this site as there are many conversations taking place, groups to join, blogs to read, topics  to “Like”, and some wonderful free webinars (online PD) being offered in the Virtual Conference Centre. See the events links on the right hand side bar for details. Hope you can join in some of them.

 
 
 

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