The Australian: “Teacher, teach thyself and ignore the usual advice”

How will I help my students learn?

February 05, 2016 | Ben Jenson and Jacqueline Magee

“As students across the country returned to their classes this week for the new school year, their teachers and school leaders were faced with the same question as every year: How will I help my students learn?

There is no shortage of strategies offered for teachers to try to improve students’ literacy and numeracy, cultivate their 21st-century skills and support them more effectively in the classroom. This commentary is likely only to increase, given the announcement this week that Labor will fund the last two years of the Gonski scheme if returned to government.

The implication of much of this advice is that the answer to “How will I help my students learn?” is sitting right in front of teachers, if only they would consider the evidence.

In some cases this is true, but few teachers in Australia are not across the works of our leading education researchers such as John Hattie and Patrick Griffin (who are two of the best in the world).”

Read more from Ben Jensen and Jacqueline Magee’s Inquirer article in The Australian on their website here.