Courage, continuing and critics

If you’ve not watched Brene Brown’s “The Call to Courage” amidst a recent Netflix binge, then I recommend giving it an hour of your time. Brown is under my skin in a way that isn’t comfortable.  She makes me think about who I purport to be and how I live that every day … and also when…

What went wrong?

For all of our efforts, for all of our policy re-writes and for all the PD we’ve booked – why are we still struggling with student behaviour challenges? For all of the programs we’ve implemented, for all of the matrices we’ve built and for all of the values we’ve defined – why are our teachers still struggling…

What’s changed … in terms of conduct?

There’s a reason that most schools, and even whole jurisdictions of schools, are running new, positively marketed, behaviour management programs these days.   It’s because the last one didn’t work. On the other side of that program implementation, things just didn’t change between real people.  Did they? And, right now – as you plan for…

Moving on from knowledge sprinkling.

A Teacher’s job used to be far more simple.  Roughly, it could be seen as content distribution.  I often refer to the ‘old school teacher’ as being a knowledge sprinkler who stands at the front of the room spraying information across the crowd, hoping that some of it sticks. And while I know (I’ve seen the memes)…

The wrong tool.

Would you continue to use a Phillips head screwdriver on a standard screw if it didn’t get the job done?  You wouldn’t would you?  You’d change tools.  Right? So, when exactly do we start questioning our obsession with Behaviour Management programs? Countless times now, we in schools, have spent enormous tracts of time and buckets…

A White Paper for our Special Few

This Friday in Melbourne we’ll be running our FREE 2-hour “Leading Whole School Behaviour Improvement” seminar at 8am.  We’re following up in Sydney next Friday as well. Each School Leader in attendance will receive a White Paper titled “Improving Student Behaviour … Made Slightly Less Difficult” that will outline the thinking, the practices, the language and the…