The Learning Matrix



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PD Workshop: The Learning Matrix

Northern Beaches Christian School has implemented an innovative learning concept known as ‘The Learning Matrix,’ based on a convergence of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and Bloom’s Taxonomy. This dynamic design empowers all students to direct and manage their own learning with initiative and resourcefulness, whilst being highly engaged and motivated.

One of the strengths of the Matrix is its instant and flexible implementation. Design it for a few hours, or an entire term; for a traditional classroom, or open plan collaborative learning.

Offering choice to students to harness their passions for learning


Workshops are held in the SCIL Building at Northern Beaches Christian School:

1 Echunga Road, Terrey Hills NSW

Workshops run from 10am–4pm.
Lunch and snacks provided, along with course materials.


Day 1 only: $1950 (per group)
Day 1+Day2: $3450 (per group)

Prices include GST


Day 1

On Day 1, participants observe self-directed Stage 3 learning programs in action and engage with student perspectives on the experience. They become familiar with the Learning Matrix in the context of NBCS, and explore the accompanying shifting roles of the teacher in our ‘information-easy’ age. After time for reflection, discussion and envisioning future steps, participants will leave with an action plan for their own implementation of the Learning Matrix and a template that they can adapt.

Participant outcomes:

  • Explore elements of personalised learning, technology, collaboration, creativity, learning preferences.
  • Establish a vision for the process involved in creating a Learning Matrix.
  • Observe self-directed Stage 3 learning shaped by a Bloom’s / Gardner’s Matrix and interact with students to gain insight into their experience and perspectives.

Day 2

On Day 2, participants have time, space, and expert support to assemble their own Learning Matrix. Attendees of previous Learning Matrix workshops are also invited to join this optional second day.

Participant outcomes:

  • Follow a process of brainstorming, curriculum mapping and resource-curation to create their own Learning Matrix with on-the-shoulder guidance and troubleshooting from our team.


Chantelle Morrison

Chantelle Morrison works as teacher and ‘knowledge broker’ in our innovative Year 5 and 6 program, known as ‘The Zone’. She has worked closely with The Learning Federation, ALEA, ELH, MYSA and SCIL to develop learning initiatives that utilise IT to enrich understandings and outcomes for students whilst increasing their drive for knowledge.

An avid tweeter, blogger, and presenter, Chantelle is one of those people constantly pushing the boundaries of the possible with combinations of powerful learning tools and ideas.

She blogs at and you can catch her on Twitter: @MissCMorrison


Steve Collis

Steve Collis joined NBCS in 2002 teaching English and French, and quickly attracted recognition in awards for ‘Excellence by a Teacher’ (National Quality Schools Awards) and ‘Microsoft Innovative Teacher of the Year’.
He joined the NBCS leadership team soon after, promoting innovation school-wide, and delivering training programs and workshops at schools around Australia and beyond. Steve helps colleagues re-envision virtual and physical spaces to nurture a powerful learning culture.

Steve blogs at and you can catch him on Twitter: @steve_collis

Target Audience

This course targets innovative educators from Years 5–8 who strive to engage all students in a multidisciplinary approach to learning.



True to our values, the workshop will be hands-on, fun, highly provocative, practical and authentic. You will talk with students and get their perspectives, play with new technologies, and leave with a plan, and resources, for the future.

NSWIT Accreditation

Northern Beaches Christian School – Sydney Centre of Innovation in Learning

NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

Scope of Endorsement:

  • All Standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher
  • All Elements of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence

 For the provision of ICT related professional development.


Day 1 addresses the following NSWIT Elements:

  • 1.2.4
  • 3.2.7
  • 4.2.4
  • 4.2.5
  • 6.2.1
  • 6.2.4