Isn’t it funny?

It’s come to my attention that I can occasionally freak people out with what I write about deep, important topics in the field of education. So, I’m going to keep doing it!  Put bluntly, I think our best decisions are often made when we’re a little freaked out.  We could do with more freak out,…

Choosing your implementation purpose.

I’ve been so fortunate to have just completed a holiday with my family in France. It was something of a ‘bucket list’ trip for my wife, Anthea – but we’ve all enjoyed it immensely. However, across the trips amazing sights (and tastes!) I couldn’t help my thoughts from wandering occasionally to schools.   Oddly, it…

Introducing Simon Dewar

We have some incredibly exciting news. Simon Dewar has just joined the Real Schools Team as our new Associate Director, responsible for School Partnerships. Simon brings extensive experience from a range of different schools stretching from Western Metropolitan Victoria, the Geelong region and then the last 11 years in a rural setting in South West…

Good question, Rhonda.

I’ve got a theory that Teachers waste an enormous amount of time, blood, sweat, tears and effort in their work if they fail to match their pedagogy to their purpose. This was highlighted again for me recently in a discussion with a colleague and friend called Rhonda who asked me “Why doesn’t anybody talk to…

“Is that about right?”

I was recently discussing with some educators in a Partner school the challenge of persuading students to move forward when there’s conflict, rather than retreating into all the details of the past about why s/he is right and why hating the other is fully justified. Our tendency to allow this backwards creep is often driven…

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…