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This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an education department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.

Teachers often describe David as a gifted presenter – engaging, knowledgeable, extremely practical, inspirational. See some Testimonials.

David has written or co-authored many popular teacher reference books and two CD-ROM series. See his Publications here.

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Latest News Stories

Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

Read aloud to your children to boost their vocabulary

13 February 2019

The Conversation, 13 Feb 2019.  Children still benefit from being read to after they've learned to read by themselves.  Read the article here(read more)

Stop writing objectives on the board

Stop writing objectives on the board

13 February 2019

Joe Bower's blog.  Communicating objectives (or learning intentions) to students (1) sends a strong message about who is driving the learning, (2) gives away the ending before the uncovering even begins, and (3) discourages constructive lines of inquiry that appear tangential to the objectives.  Learning intentions do not have to(read more)

Special deals swindling public schools out of billions

Special deals swindling public schools out of billions

13 February 2019

The Guardian, 7 Feb 2019.  New research by Trevor Cobbold says government schools are being robbed (by as much as $19 billion between 2018 and 2022).  Read the article here (read more)

5 tips to make school bookshelves more diverse and 5 books to get you started

5 tips to make school bookshelves more diverse and 5 books to get you started

7 February 2019

The Conversation, 7 Feb 2019.  When we share diverse books with children, they see themselves reflected and affirmed and we broaden their perspectives and understandings of those that are different to themselves.  Read the article here(read more)