Startle me.

I’m captivated by this picture from 1963 of Parisian children watching a puppet show.  I think it’s mainly because the level of interest in their eyes is so intense.  They just can’t pull themselves away from whatever is happening on stage.  The kids clearly weren’t ready for that little development in the plot! We talk…

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Musings about Gender in Education

I went to my own kids’ annual school presentation ceremony last night.  I love both of them dearly and I also value the wonderful contribution that their school makes to their growth.  But here’s the truth – it isn’t exactly a riveting evening. And so, I kept myself occupied scoring the gender split when it…

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What’s possible if you accept a challenge to change?

I had the privilege of being in the audience for some staff presentations at Albanvale PS last week.  These four PLCs have made commitments to challenge their practice through the work of our Real Schools Partnership in a variety of different ways in the first year of our collaboration. The Prep PLC looked at the…

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Little by little

One of Aesop’s fabled … umm … fables was The Crow and The Pitcher. Summarised, a crow dying from thirst finds a pitcher with just a little water in it.  But sadly, the crow can’t get his head far enough into the pitcher to get to the water. If managing, training or coaching the crow, the likely response of…

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Buying stuff versus learning how to use the old stuff properly.

I bought a new iPhone X not so long ago.  The marketing worked. With every Apple billboard I drove past I became more convinced that my photos weren’t quite good enough. Those majestic landscapes and funky city streetscapes sure are compelling. I also gradually convinced myself it was a “work expense” and that having the latest gadgets…

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You can’t get arrested for jaywalking in Boston

The city of Boston has no law for jaywalking. You can just cross the road wherever you like and the expectation is that you’ll just have a good look around first and try not to cause a bingle (I’m quite sure use of the word ‘bingle’ in the US is somewhat limited though). You’d be…

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FREE WEBINAR – Leading Practice Breakthroughs

Register here for this “don’t miss and completely FREE” opportunity on Thursday 18th October at 3.30pm AEDT There are dangers and perils to your school’s improvement agenda at every turn.I’d suggest that one of the most dangerous, and perhaps least spoken about, is what I refer to as Practice-Policy Gaps. Effectively, this is where you have…

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Don’t make me wait.

I’m one of those people who need to be seriously unwell before I’ll visit a doctor.  It’s not exactly best policy for man hurtling towards his 50s … but there it is. My rationale for enduring the symptoms of all matter of afflictions is pretty flimsy.  I just hate the waiting room. I know full…

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How can Teachers address teen depression and suicide?

Almost every educator that I speak to agrees that we have a national problem with teen depression and suicide.  They’d also fervently like to contribute to solving that problem. I know also that teen suicide is a complex and distressing social phenomena with multiple contributing factors and it’s easy to get lost in case study…

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Making it easy

Konstantin Stansilavski is not a name you hear too often when it comes to learning, development, talent or professional training – but it should be! Stanislavski was an acclaimed character actor from Russia who went on to build a career as one of the world’s eminent theatre directors before his death in 1938.  But Stanislavski is remembered…

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