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Date registered: February 16, 2011

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  1. now I am done… or is it just the beginning? — September 19, 2010
  2. Evaluating a learning element… — August 27, 2010
  3. Engaging with Macbeth — June 3, 2010
  4. Creating a Learning Element… ‘The Migrant Experience’ — March 15, 2010
  5. Champagne, lunch and horror… writing a learning element — March 3, 2010

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now I am done… or is it just the beginning?

This week I logged in for my last online masters session.   I still can’t believe that the two years have flown by so quickly. When I first started, I was mind boggled by the complexity of the online sessions, listening, reading and responding to texts and flicking though different webpages whilst simultaneously writing messages… Continue reading »


Evaluating a learning element…

An important part of using Learning by Design is the ongoing evaluation of designs for learning.    As I move into the final stages of teaching a learning element based on Dai Sijie’s 2000 novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, my colleague Jen Dennehy and I have been reflecting on the successes and challenges we… Continue reading »


Engaging with Macbeth

This year all teachers in the Lanyon Cluster of Schools are participating in an action research project.   There are a whole range of projects which focus on different aspects of learning and teaching, and we share our research through the construction of a cluster wiki.   My team chose to look at student engagement… Continue reading »


Creating a Learning Element… ‘The Migrant Experience’

In 2009, Jo Larkin and I wrote the learning element ‘The Migrant Experience’ for the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program.   The project  involved developing an Australian History unit of work which integrated the use ICT’s (Information and Communication Technologies).   We were given funded planning days and support to write and document our curriculum… Continue reading »


Champagne, lunch and horror… writing a learning element

Last year while at the Australian Literacy Educator’s conference in Hobart the idea for a new learning element was born. Inspired by the work that we had presented at the conference and a few glasses of wine, we decided to write a learning element focussing on the genre of Horror Fiction.   So armed with books,… Continue reading »


My Learning Element… completed?

Well, I stayed up until midnight last night in an attempt to get the documentation for this learning element finished.   All the activities have been typed in,  and I have taught the unit, but I still quite finished documenting the assessment and objectives.  As I have gone on to teach and write other learning elements, it was really… Continue reading »


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

This learning element has evolved over a few years.    Initially, I set the topic as an in class essay question.  I used it as a diagnostic tool, a way of seeing what my students were capable of.   No discussion, no research, no scaffolding.   Just write about the statement ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’.   The essays came back.  Some students… Continue reading »


On using CG publisher

A few nights ago I finished typing up my learning element on the new CG publisher website. Like any new thing, it takes a while to get used to the changes. The web interface is easy to use, and I found it simple to move activities around.  I got a bit frustrated though because I couldn’t… Continue reading »