Educational Experience: Remember a false ego is easy to put on paper!


Facilitator, Alastair Gumley believes that “It’s not what you’re taught that matters, it’s what you learn!” He has been a classroom teacher, Leading Teacher, KLA Leader, Professional Development Co-ordinator in Learning Technologies and a VCE English, English Literature  and Technology teacher. He provides a focus on the practical realities of the learning literacy and the extension of ICT into everyday teaching and communication.

With extensive experience in secondary school education, adult learning and professional development for teachers, as well as gifted education, he has prepared, published and delivered learning online and in keynote conference situations. His focus has been on supporting the integration of communication technologies across and between subject areas. He has also taught VCE Information Processing and Management and VCE Psychology, as well as History.

In 1998, he was awarded an international scholarship to travel to the USA, United Kingdom and Singapore, to research the use of IT in education. He previously worked in the independent school system for nine years at Melbourne Grammar School (Grimwade and Wadhurst) teaching English and History and more recently at Pascoe Vale Girls College for 12 years.

For the last four years he has been involved in professional development for teachers through Firbank Grammar School’s community extension programme FLIC (Firbank Learning and Innovation Centre) and at Monash University in Gippsland.

More recently, in 2011, he has been working within the community education context, helping to develop North Melbourne Football Club’s “CLASS@The Huddle” (Computers Language and Study Skills) community outreach for disengaged learners.

“Students are the most important customers in our schools and universities. They are not dependent on us. We (the teachers) are dependent on them. They are not an interruption on our work. They are the purpose of it. They are not outsiders to our endeavours. They are a part of it. We are not doing them a favour by teaching them. They are doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.”
(Apologies to Mahatma Gandhi)


The line between success and failure in schools can be a very slim one … and it is very easy to be critical of schools, the school system, the teachers and the students. On the other hand, good schools, good teachers, good students and great parents … when working together towards a shared goal … always seem to achieve so much more. There are, however, as just many variables on the achievement continuum, as there times when I have heard students praise or condemn their teachers and schools for their lack of success. Success is not usually an accident, but under-achievement is usually a result of poor preparation.

FOR STUDENTS … specialised tutoring

Achieving your “best” performance as a student, under any circumstances, may appear easy for some and difficult for others. Certainly not all of us will achieve the success that we want and that we need, especially when it comes to formal learning and success at school. As clichés go, “If success was so easy, then it would not be worth having.” Whether you struggle or find school work effortless, being able to read and write effectively to achieve what you want and need, does not come without effort.

FOR PARENTS … personalised support

Your role in Years 9 and 12 can be critical, but you can’t do everything. You may need to help in whatever way you can. You can help to provide the “right” study environment at home. You can provide encouragement and guidance as needed. You can help your student children to have the self-confidence to perform at their best in all the various VCE testing situations. And you need to be aware of the value of tutoring.

WHAT Learn¿nk DOES … and does not do …

It is very easy to offer empty promises about learning outcomes, so honesty comes first. Learnink does not take everybody as a client … only those who genuinely need help and learning support. If you don’t need help you will be told that … If you hope someone is going to do it for you … it won’t happen. Learnink is an individualized service, based on a personalized evaluation, identifying your specific needs and strengths, building towards your independence as a learner.

Learn¿nk operates in the belief that in education “less is often more” – focusing on the individual learner in her or his world, where depth and quality of learning are viewed as sustainable rather than any quick fix!

Learn¿nk is a specialised professional service that seeks to support individuals to achieve what they aspire to and inspires the interdependence that achieves the wisdom of independent learning – knowing what to ask and when, knowing who to seek advice from and how, and knowing how to judge whether something is truly achievable with effort or better to leave behind.