The bliss between boredom and failure

In his acclaimed book Atomic Habits, author James Clear unpacks the career of famed American comedian and actor Steve Martin.  (We’ve just mailed Atomic Habitsour to our Partner school Principals – it’s a ‘must read’). It all began in 1955 when Martin, 10 years old at the time, landed a job selling guide books at Disneyland for…

If I asked your students …

If I randomly appeared in your classroom and asked your students “How does your teacher deal with poor student choices and conflict?” what would they say? Actually, scratch that.  What word would be more likely to appear in their reply –Might or Would? If they say s/he “might” do this or “might” do that, then…

Restorative Classrooms, Strong Classrooms

Tickets are continuing to sell rapidly for “Restorative Classrooms, Strong Classrooms” for both our Sydney (April 26th) and Melbourne (July 12th) events. What’s also a bit exciting is the plans we have “in the pipe” for Perth.  So stick around for that news WA folk. We thought some people might want to know if they’ll…

Just get a gist

Ever had conflicts occur in your classroom and then some significant difficulty in knowing who to believe about whose fault it was?  One party seems highly emotional to the point of exaggeration while the other just flatly denies all involvement. Careful not to assume, we adopt the judicial process of “investigating” – because somehow we’ve…

Critical thinking … it ain’t dead yet!

This week, thousands of students around Australia will strike against government inactivity in regard to climate change.  As a lifelong educator, it’s a wonderful thing to see. Despite being one of the vast majority of Australians who would support our governments taking more meaningful action about climactic demise, this isn’t the part that excites me…