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About colinfraser

I claim the title of educator, because I want to be more than "just" a teacher.

The Year We Wished Wasn’t!

2020! Wow! What a year. In Oz, we faced huge bushfires throughout the summer. In my home state, South Australia, we were choking on the smoke of fires a hundred kilometres away. Kangaroo Island was burning. At one point, it … Continue reading

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The World as is?

Okay, for starters, let’s declare my indifference…mmm no… ambivalence, mmm, concern… mmm no, prejudice maybe, or all the above. I am not an American. I am an outsider looking in so in some ways that gives me an overarching perspective … Continue reading

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Classrooms and Tech

Ask yourself the question, “Is the technology introduced to the classroom working?” Be honest. Be careful. Be real. First, to answer this question we have to look at a number of issues before we can get to the end. What … Continue reading

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Living in a time of pestilence!

Just over a month ago, I wrote concerning myself with using technology in Education. Covid-19 was just days away from being the issue it is right now. We seen whole parts of the country essentially locked down, people thrown out … Continue reading

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Managing Learning Successfully.

Boxing has a strategy called “rope a dope”. Essentially, two fighters square off, both are skilled, perhaps very closely matched. One fighter likes to be aggressive, the other, knowing this, simply defends himself. All he does is defend, with the … Continue reading

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The Australian Curriculum and Social Development

Australian Curriculum, Wellbeing and Social Development The Australian Curriculum (AC) is not, and should never be, an experiment in social engineering. It is, however, a tool that can be utilised in the social and emotional development of students. The main … Continue reading

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A Personal View of the Australian Curriculum

[This is the first in a series of items I am writing about the Australian Curriculum. Hopefully, they will when completed, make sense. ] The concept of the Australian Curriculum (AC) should have been adopted a generation before it was. … Continue reading

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The Failure of the West

There is so many things going wrong in the West right now. It is really hard to know where to start. Leadership is a talentless, moral and ethical vacuum. Our political leaders are increasingly coming from the Right, more extreme … Continue reading

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Why is Education Reform so Hard?

Over the last twenty or more years, Australia has undergone “revolutionary reform” in Education. This has not been a regular thing, but a haphazard event, convulsing after elections, during financial meltdowns, changing Ministers and sometimes, for no obvious reason at … Continue reading

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The deepening onset of retirement!

Gawd!!! Am I that old? Already? Retirement? That’s for older people! And I can no longer shout down that evil thought. Time passes, for all of us – including me. Damn it! To suggest I suffer from something of a … Continue reading

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