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A taste of PEEL

This year we have been providing examples of good teaching practice taken from the three major PEEL resources:  Principles of Teaching for Effective Learning: the voice of the teacher, Teaching for Effective Learning: the complete book of PEEL teaching procedures and PEEL in Practice the PEEL database which contains hundreds of articles written by practising teachers. (You can read more about these resources further down the page).

During May we will be presenting posts relating to using Big Ideas, addressing concerns that many students don't link individual lessons (Teacher Concerns). PEEL teachers have been writing about this for some time and have written articles explaining how they have tackled this problem. You can find several examples  HERE on our Ideas page.

In our Ideas archive you can find more samples posted earlier this year taken from PEEL resources. These relate to applying PEEL Principles of Teaching 1 and 3.

PEEL News

In 2016 PEEL reached its 31st year, having been founded in one secondary school in 1985. Since then it has spread to schools throughout Australia and to many other countries including the  U.K., Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Iceland. 

PEEL in Practice now has a presence on Facebook.. Please share your ideas with us via our Facebook space. We will be making regular posts on the page and would like to promote discusion on these posts and of ideas that teachers have for improving learning in their classrooms.

In February 2016 we added short videos of teachers using a PEEL approach in their classrooms to the PEEL in Practice database. There are currently five annotated videos on the databse illustrating a variety of classroom practices designed to encourage deeper learning in students. The clips are from both primary and scondary classrooms illustrating teachers who have been working with PEEL ideas for some time.


During 2015 a major feature was added to the PEEL in Practice database, the main PEEL resource. A category entitled Teacher Education Resources was introduced. This consists of over 100 articles containing ideas for university departments of education and teacher educators.  It  also provides ideas for professional development co-ordinators in schools who wish to use a PEEL approach or introduce others to ideas about learning and teaching espoused by PEEL. You can see more detail about these resources on the PEEL in Practice page - Search Categories.



New Developments

Over the more than 30 years PEEL has been operating many teachers have asked  "How do I start with implementing procedures that will improve my students' learning?'  PEEL has a large collection of ideas, strategies and procedures developed over a long period of time at different levels. 18 months ago we added  guidelines about how to start with the long term task of improving students ability to learn. In fact a year long learning agenda using the accumulated knowledge of many teachers. You can find more information about this on the About PEEL page - look for the information on Journeys.

The PEEL office continues to provide support and resources to teachers interested in PEEL. The office is manned from 10.30 to 12.30 on Mondays. Please email David Lumb if you have any queries. There will be new editions of PEEL SEEDS, our magazine  this year. The Sharing Pedagogical Purposes research group developed exciting ideas for teachers interested in promoting deeper learning in their classrooms. (Read about 10 Journeys of Change on the About PEEL page).

We distribute an email newsletter, the most recent edition was published in March 2016. This newsletter is free. If you wish to subscribe please send your email address to David Lumb

For those with an online subscription to PEEL in Practice, there have been a number of new articles added in 2014 and 2015 and  two new categories of codings -Journeys introduced in 2014 and Teacher Education Resources added in 2015. Check these out. New video resources have been added to the database in 2016.


 For first time users you can find a great deal of useful information about PEEL on our About PEEL page. Just follow the links to obtain extra information. If you wish to find out more don't hesitate to contact us. Some features of the website include

  • Detailed information about PEEL  including PEEL Groups in schools and Primary PEEL
  • A tutorial showing the features of and a how to use guide of PEEL in Practice which contains a huge repository of teacher knowledge acquired over the 29 years of the Project
  • Easy ordering of all PEEL publications together with summaries of the contents of each item
  • For registered users of PEEL in Practice online an easy log in. Simply log in with your user name and password on the side of this page and you will see the active link at the top of the page "Start PEEL in Practice application". This will enable you to access all the articles published up until the end of 2015.
  • A Search facility which will enable you to find articles on a huge range of topics from the PEEL in Practice database. To access the articles you will need to subscribe to become a registered user but a free two week trial is available.

PEEL Resources

PEEL has developed a number of rich resources for teachers fimly based on what works in the classroom. Three of the more important of these are listed here, others can be found on our Publications page.

PEEL in Practice

PEEL in Practice is a database of over 1600 articles written by teachers using a PEEL approach over a 31 year period. These come from all subject areas from Prep to Year 12 and beyond. It also contains over 220 classroom teaching strategies called procedures developed from ideas contributed by practising teachers. PEEL in Practice is available online as a yearly subscription in the form of a searchable database. This is updated with new articles several times a year. It comes with search fields that enable users to find articles relevant to their students and classrooms.  You can see a complete description of all the search categories  here.  PEEL in Practice can be ordered online.   

Principles of teaching for effective learning: the voice of the teacher

This book is a comprehensive amalgam of PEEL practice and theory developed  by practising teachers and academics. It contains many examples of teachers writng about their experiences in applying the 12 PEEL principles in the classroom to improve the learning of their students. The stories and anecdotes from practicing classroom teachers, together with accompanying analysis provide an invaluable guide to teachers wanting to improve their practice.  This book explores teacher and student journeys in learning how to learn and what makes a successful learning community. It is a companion text to our book of teaching procedures (Teaching for Effective Learning).

Teaching for Effective Learning, the complete book of PEEL teaching procedures, 4th Edition

The fourth edition contains descriptions of the 223 generic teaching procedures developed or adapted by PEEL teachers since 1985.  These procedures are generic in that they allow readers to apply each procedure to a wide range subjects and year levels, and nearly all are applicable at both primary and secondary levels.

Teachers will find that the procedures encourage more purposeful learning, and higher levels of student engagement and interest.

PEEL Research Groups

Sharing pedagogical purposes project

This was set up early in 2008 and continued for  seven years. Some of the themes  investigated by participants included:

  • Doing things WITH students, not for or to them.
  • Teacher models being a learner/thinker
  • Remembering/recounting vs reflecting
  • Noticing good learning (and getting excited)
  • Students select procedures.
  • The physical environment
  • The emotional environment
  • Language for learning
  • Learning as a journey.

Some of the stories of the teachers engaged in this innovative project were presented at a PEEL conference in 2008. These were published in PEEL SEEDS #101. More of their research has appeared in SEEDS #110 , #111 #112 and #114 published in November 2013. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about this project