Simplicity in action.

I’m exceedingly proud of Monmia Primary School in Melbourne as one of our Real Schools Partners over the last 3-4 years. My pride comes partly through their determination to embed Restorative Practices as the fundamental underpinning of their School Culture. In a recent visit, I was able to present them with a variety of genuine,…

What did I learn on the Kokoda Track?

I’ll admit to a little frustration with the Australian vernacular since I returned from a wonderful 9-day ordeal traversing the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guniea last week.  You see, people keep annoyingly asking me “How was the Track?”. It’s actually a very reasonable question and my frustration is borne mostly of just not having…

Take it and tweak it.

Whenever I finish a day of training with a school, I point them to the Real Schools Member Resources that they all have access to.  I’ve established a healthy bias for implementation in my work and these serve as a genuine resource for so many educators as they look to embed the principles we’ve learned…

A simpler approach

It always amazes me how early in the school year that schools commence to plan for the following year.  I’ve spoken to several School Leaders lately who have fervently begun their 2019 strategic preparations. It really is a credit to their dedication and commitment to not only the students they teach now, but also the…

How well are you failing?

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Thomas Edison Thomas Edison’s successful inventions have changed the way we live, but it is in his failures that he learnt the big lessons of life.  If those first failures were allowed to define him, I wonder what this extraordinary man might have…

But it “sounds like a nice idea”.

I worry sometimes about grown-ups and our collective level of distraction from principle when it comes to making smart decisions on behalf of our kids.  In schools and also across the community, we’re seduced by a well articulated notion that “sounds like a nice idea” far too often. Many of these ideas, when removed from…

Know Thy Student

‘Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’ Rita Pierson A number of weeks back, my son’s teachers asked if I would like to come on the Year 6 Camp.  Normally, I would politely decline the invitation but for some reason, I said yes.  They must have caught me at a weak moment.  So reluctantly,…