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'If students can't learn the way we teach, we must teach the way they learn' (Ignacio Estrada, via Tomlinson)

About Lisa Hill

This LisaHillSchoolStuff blog is the professional blog of Lisa Hill, Director of Curriculum, and the teacher-librarian at Mossgiel Park PS, Endeavour Hills, an outer suburb of south-eastern Melbourne.

My current professional interests are

  • developing the LisaHillSchoolStuff wiki as a kid-friendly resource;
  • developing longer sequences of topics to foster deep learning;;
  • working with professional learning teams to enhance teaching and learning for the 21st century. Integrating Web 2.0 into the curriculum is part of that.
Lisa, President of VILTA, with award from the Indonesian Consulate

Lisa, President of VILTA, with award from the Indonesian Consulate


I started teaching in 1979 at Bentleigh West PS, then became a Coordinator at the Ardoch and Bayside Teachers’ Centre while on study leave at Melbourne University. After that it was Cheltenham Heights PS, Beaumaris PS, Springvale West PS, Heatherton PS, and then to Mossgiel Park, where I’ve been since 1994. I’ve been a classroom teacher, an ESL teacher, and while I was a teacher of Indonesian, I was also President of VILTA, the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association.

My presidency oversaw the modernisation of the association, including completing its incorporation, introducing professional accounting standards for the Treasurer, making constitutional changes to improve efficiency, facilitating an effective presence on the web, and outsourcing services such as production of its newsletter to reduce the workload on the committee.  Standards for student competitions were brought into line with statewide curriculum, and eligbility and rules were clarified to make judging more fair.  More importantly, VILTA extended its support to fledgling teachers of Indonesian in primary schools, where the teaching of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) was newly compulsory.  Units of work and resources, assessment techniques and teaching tips were routinely shared through the newsletter and at the annual conference.  Many of these achievements were accomplished by the committee at its annual residential weekend during the summer holidays, an innovation I introduced to manage the workload – because we were all practising teachers and time poor.  It was an exciting time to be a teacher of Indonesian, and although I enjoyed moving back to classroom teaching and now love my present role as librarian, I consider my work as President of VILTA a highlight of my career.

I’m also a professional writer and publisher. I have written  articles for professional journals and magazines like Classroom, and short stories published in anthologies: Up the Creek; Victoria: Places to See, Places to Be; and A Rich Inheritance.

I’m the author of Indonesia, a non-fiction text for students, published by Pascal Press and I’m the author/publisher of the Word Puzzles for the Indonesian Classroom series of teacher resource books.

Visit my companion website for lovers of Australian Literature, ANZ LitLovers, or my travel blog about our trips to Europe and Vietnam, Travels with Tim and Lisa .

You might also like to visit my husband’s website for the Australian Cotton Club Orchestra, or my son’s website for ABOC IT Consulting & Cycle coaching.

I am really interested in the idea of teachers sharing their ideas and resources so if you’d like to get in touch please use the Contact Form below.

This page was last updated 8/7/13.

13 Responses to “About Lisa Hill”

  1. Marcia Phillips said

    Dear Lisa,

    I have just discovered your blog and have read several entries with much interest. Good work!

    I am Head of Library at Ballarat Grammar and attend many of the SLAV events. Would like to catch up one day especially to chat about CBCA. As Regional Director of CBCA Ballarat I am passionate about the organisation and what it stands for and was disappointed to read of your resignation. Very happy to meet and discuss your thoughts. Discussion and sharing of opinions and thoughts is vital.


    • Lisa Hill said

      Hi Marcia – thanks for your open-minded and friendly comments:)
      I try to get to SLAV conferences when I can, so perhaps we’ll catch up there?

  2. Dear Lisa,

    I work with Queensland-based company 123educateme and wanted to touch base with you about a new computer program which I thought might be of interest.

    123educateme has recently launched a world-first software program which allows parents to better manage their children’s computer use, encourage education and learning, and balance their child’s work and play time.

    The software allows parents to set a defined amount of daily “play time” their child is allowed. During this “play time” the child can access those programs, games and websites allowed by the content filter. But once this “play time” is used, their child can then only access programs and websites their parents have selected as being “educational” (e.g. Microsoft Word, Mathletics etc).

    The idea behind the development of the software arose out of research showing children were increasingly spending more time on the computer. Using the program’s Content Creator, parents can also set specific learning tasks and challenges for children to complete. Once done to an acceptable standard, children can automatically receive extra “play time” on the computer.

    As a teacher and popular blogger, we would be thrilled if you were interested in trialing our product, with the view if you see fit, to potentially trial the program in the classroom . You can download a 7 day free trial at our website –

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

    Is this something you are interested in trialing?

    Kind Regards,

    • Lisa Hill said

      Hello Rachael
      I don’t usually approve promotional comments like this – but I’m making an exception because this sounds like an interesting product. Alas, however, I don’t have any children at home to test it out on. And I can’t test it out at school because we don’t have ‘play’ websites, only educational ones for the children to access, everything else is blocked.
      If any of my readers are interested in trialling the program, and are willing to write a ‘guest’ review for me, please get in touch with Rachael, and we’ll take it from there!

  3. Hi Lisa,

    I hope you don’t mind – I’ve quoted your comment on my Book Depository vs Book Stores blog piece in my response to Martin Shaw’s Kill Your Darlings blog post this morning, as it was one of the most astute comments I’ve heard about community and online buying habits. Here is a link to the KYD post:


  4. dear lisa
    its levi just checked this website is AWESOME

  5. Dave Glass said

    Hi Lisa,

    Just stumbled across your great website, whilst looking for info on Gerald Murnane.

    I worked at Cheshire’s Bookshop in Melbourne in the late ’60s when I was a teenager. The most interesting group of people I’ve ever worked with, and a part of my life that is always with me. I’m always on the lookout for any literature from Australia, especially anything set in Melbourne – so it was great to find ANZ LitLovers.

    Best wishes from Norway,

    David Glass

    • Lisa Hill said

      Hi David, I remember Cheshire’s! I worked in Hall’s myself, but that was school books, and not so interesting, alas.
      Now make sure you subscribe to the right blog – this LisaHillSchoolStuff blog is my professional blog and although I occasionally cross post books here that are of interest to teachers, it’s the ANZ LitLovers blog at that I use to review literary fiction.
      Are you a fan of Murnane? I think he’s wonderful!

  6. Dave Glass said

    Thanks, I’ll get on to the right blog. I’ve only just discovered Murnane, due to an article in The Guardian. Although our Swedish neighbours seem to like him, I’ve never seen him mentioned in Norway.

    I’m starting on ‘Inland’, and so far it reminds me of Flann O’Brien. Do you remember the flying buckets in the magic basement that was Cheshire’s?


    • Lisa Hill said

      Which Flann O’Brien? I’ve only read At Swim Two Birds and I read it in a disorganised way when I was travelling through Spain instead of concentrating on it properly. I don’t remember flying buckets, alas…
      But we must continue this conversation over at ANZ LitLovers, where I made my attempt to review Inland. Go to and then click on Inland.

  7. Dave Glass said

    If you don’t remember Cheshire’s flying buckets, it’s probably because they were dismantled shortly after I worked there, in 1968. I wrote about my stint in Little Collins Street on another blog. Her’s the bit referring to the buckets.

    “Cheshire’s was great, for a number of reasons. You went down the stairs into the building’s basement, where you discovered a badly ventilated magic world. The thing that first caught your eye was the system of cables that connected the different parts of the shop with the cashier. If you bought a book, you’d give your money to one of the assistants, who would then put it into a small bucket that would then be attached to a wire above his head. A lever would be pulled and the bucket would whizz across the room to the cashier, who sat in a type of raised stockade in the middle of the room. She would then put the shop’s copy of the receipt and any change into the bucket, which would begin its journey back to the point of purchase. The female cashiers looked down on the world below. One of them, Jenny, had a look of permanent boredom while there was another, Joan, who was blonde and lovely. The cables weren’t really that high, so if you were tall you were in danger of being hit by a flying bucket. There were tales that a number of lofty customers had received direct hits; the most famous incident was with a local wrestler known as ‘Killer’ Kowalski, who had angrily chased a previous manager around the shop. The bruiser’s professional name was later bestowed on a member of staff who had frogmarched a drunk up the stairs and into Little Collins Street – Ian Kinnane, who was a big guy and, although mild-mannered, probably Cheshire’s toughest employee, became known (not to his face) as ‘Killer Kinnane’.”

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