As a starting point for South Australian teachers I suggest that you use the  TfEL Framework Guide, TfEL Review Tools Handbook, TfEL DVD and TfEL Compass Online Tool as a starting point for developing you pedagogy.

Note: TfEL Compass tool can be found by logging into the Learn Link homepage and going to the links on the right hand side of the page.

Teaching for Effective Learning

Domain 1: Leaders create learning opportunities for staff

Teaching for Effective Learning resources – TFEL Framework overviews/guide and Review Tools Handbook, TFEL Compass and leaders resource.

TFEL Teacher’s Companion Facebook group

TFEL Compass Tutorial – Creating a survey

TFEL Compass Tutorial – Polar Maps

TFEL Compass Tutorial – Quality Tests

Assessment for Learning – Online professional development from Education Services Australia.

Learning Design (DECD) – Leaders Resource for Australian Curriculum and TfEL

Learning Design – an 8 post series outlining Learning Design

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) – Find work samples identify student performance at BELOW, AT and ABOVE the Achievement Standard relevant to your curriculum areas. This site houses a range of resources that can be used to support teachers as they implement the Australian Curriculum. The resources have been developed by ACARA after intensive work with a range of schools and teachers. The resources consist of illustrations of practice, work samples, connections to the curriculum as well as links to reports and relevant research.

Dylan Wiliam tips for changing practice – Wiliam’s shares some tips for teachers and school leaders who wish to change their practice.

Opening my door – How one teacher has used videos of her lessons to support her professional development. From the Teaching and Learning South Australia You Tube Channel.

Teachers need Twitter

Twitter in two minutes for teachers

What are your views on homework?! Have you seen a! web page before? If not take a look at the ones below.! is an online program that allows an individul to bring articles, blog posts etc from all over the Internet, generally about a specific topic and put them together in one place. An easy way to get all your professional reading on a topic without searching the Internet for hours. Maybe try out your own! searches.

Project Based Learning – Welcome to PBL-Online, a one stop solution for Project Based Learning! You’ll find all the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students.

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation TED Talk – an example of how powerful the internet can be as a learning tool.

Ken Robinson says schools are killing creativity TED Talk 2006 –  Funny and thought provoking. “Creativity is as important as literacy”,  “If your not prepared to be wrong you will come up with nothing creative”, Ken Robinson.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! TED Talk 2010

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools ignore talents

Sir ken Robinson: How to escaping education’s death valley

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover TED Talk – If you teach maths with a text book is this a paint by numbers process robbing kids of a more important skill………

3 Rules to spark learning – Ramsey Musallam

Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes. TED Talk – authentic learning, learning from mistakes – to always have the right answer never allows you to learn, information is everywhere.

Tim Brown on creatvity and play TED Talk – the importance of creative play. How do you encourage creative play in your classroom?

Dylan Williams: Grades – Watch the students verbal and physical reactions to the grades they recieve. The grade seems to be determining the students self worth which then forms their attitude to that subject. If we have to provide grades how can we do it in  a way that supports the student.

Chris Lehmann TEDx 2010 – What our schools should be like. Passionate and thought provoking talk.

Will Richardson – A world of abundance, information and teachers are everywhere. What is the role of schools?

Domain 2: Create safe conditions for rigorous learning

Chris Lehmann – Creating the schools we need.

Do you think about how your classroom is set up? Build a community of learners

The classroom experiment lollipop sticks PART 1 – Does the hands up method allow for all students to learn equally? Support and challenge students to achieve high standards

The classroom experiment lollipop sticks PART 2 Support and challenge students to achieve high standards

Dylan Wiliam – The Classroom Experiment part 1Dylan Wiliam – The Classroom Experiment part 2. In this two-part series, theory and practice meet head on as education expert Professor Dylan Wiliam sets up an experimental school classroom. For one term, he takes over a Year 8 class to test simple ideas that he believes could improve the quality of our children’s education. Great practical ideas.

Shawn Achor – Linking positive brains to performance

Dan Pink – The suprising truth about what motivates us

Alfie Kohn – The case against grades

Domain 3: Develop expert learners

Growth Mindset Videos

Skype in the classroom

Critical thinking in the primary classroom

Do you use movement to help your students learn?

Action Based Learning

Is your classroom an innovative learning environment?

Formative Feedback App – Students working with each other to improve using an iPad app.

A quick response formative assessment tool – Plickers

In schools, self-esteem boosting is losing favor to rigor, finer-tuned praise – do you hand out fuzzy heart warming unearned praise?

Rethinking letter grades – promote dialouge as a means of learning not a single grade.

Predicting answers leads to deeper learning Foster deep understanding and skilful action

Domain 4: Personalise and connect learning

Stephen Heppell talks about social media in schools Part 1 – “Europe’s leading expert on online education and learning spaces” EduTech Future Schools, Australia, 2014

Stephen Heppell talks about social media in schools Part 2

Minecraft in the classroom – using an online game to motivate and connect students

Facebook in the classroom

Skype in the classroom

iPads for Education -What an awesome resource if you have an iPad and want to use it in the classroom! Victorian Department for Education and Early Childhood Development. Communicate and learn in multiple modes

Differentiated Instruction – a tip sheet. Build on learners understandings

Differentiation for high ability learners – wide range of reading and resources.

Blooms Taxonomy – Posters explaining verbs describing each of the 6 levels of Blooms Taxonomy (revised)

The Differentiator Blooms Taxonomy – quickly design tasks using Blooms Revised Taxonomy.

The Death of Monolithic Teaching  – A blog post about Differentiated Instruction with useful video. Build on learners understandings

Do you consider the world your students are growing up in? Apply and assess learning in authentic contexts

Do you create authentic learning opportunities for your students? Apply and assess learning in authentic contexts

Ways to cater for students learning individualisation, personalisation and differentiation

U.S. Department of Education defines individualisation, Personalisation and differentiation.

Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning TED Talk

Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning (science) TED Talk

Student led parent conferences

Alfie Kohn on “Feel-Bad Education”  – “In a progressive school kids are typically wrestling with real ideas, understanding ideas from the inside out, to think like scientists and historians ………” Apply and assess learning in authentic contexts


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  1. SO anyway, I thought I would provide you with an update of the student – led Directed Investigations I tried around Statistical and Data Analysis – linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy.
    Well it would appear to have worked really well. The student engagement and interest was MASSIVE. Students geenrally not engaged were engaged to a point where they created their own – high end – question, planned using a proforma how to research it, and then created charts and graphs associated with researched statistics around that data. Those who are generally always engaged took their learning to a new level and analysed the data and staistics better than ever (equivalent to Stage 1 level anyway – which is a long way from where they had come from) and others still were motivated to connect in with epxerts in the field. One student did his on the participation rates of disabled people in rural communities compared to their city counterparts and utilised access gained to the inspirational Grace Bowman (two time paraolympian at 23) and another accessed DECD Innovation Expert Jodie Gregg-Smith when he was determining the levels of success achieved by completing/or not completing Year 12.
    The resultant Directed Investigations were simply sensational – much grander and more impressive than many Stage 1 students could achieve. Proof will be in the pudding in terms of retention of information as we will be doing a test tomorrow. If that comes out high, then in my humble terms I think it could be deemed a success – high end DI results combined with high end test results.
    My learning has been enormous and I have benefitted greatly in a professional sense by re-engaging with Bloom’s and how it can be utilised in the matheamtics curriculum.
    I then had a quick catch up with Justin Brook who used a similar student-led SOSE Directed Learning linked to Bloom’s and his results are just as awesome.
    It was handy we did the ‘Bloom’s’ thing with the same class as I believe this further enhanced their technical understanding, but engagement levels and products produced were really mind blowing.

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