It’s About The Experience

School Productions, interschool sports competition, School Ball, Interstate or International Learning Experiences, camps or excursions….the list goes on. They may be just some of the experiences that have been cancelled or postponed for your school. I am sure that it’s disappointing for you, and especially disappointing for your students.  The ‘rites of passage’ to the…

The great language imperative

The second half of 2020 presents as an undeniable opportunity to focus on the kind of culture you want for your school and to strategise for it’s creation.  That’s something we should talk about. And when I get into conversations with Teachers and School Leaders about that exciting challenge, I’m often asked what matters when it…

These holidays are about you.

Holidays are finally here, and whilst we can’t leave the country and for some of us our state or territory, we can use this time to our advantage. It’s been one hell of a year, teacher. You have made it through what is undoubtedly the most unpredictable start to any year ever. You did your…

Connected, galvanised and forgetful.

I was chatting with a Principal last week who asked me when Real Schools will be starting to sell Partnerships again. I was a little taken aback.  Did we somehow give the impression we’d stopped? It reminded me that there are parts of our jobs that we do naturally, parts that we’re not so great at (but reluctantly…

Intentionality about connection

I stalked the lounge room on Thursday evening like a frustrated animal in a cage, pausing only to roar (either hopefully or angrily) at the players in the deserted MCG who was never going to hear me. This was my primal response to being able to watch my team, Richmond, return to football.  The match…

Now that they’ve had a peek.

I was chatting with Gen Casonato, the wonderful Principal of Parktone Primary School, last week.  As I’d done in almost every conversation with countless Teachers and School Leaders last week I asked how everybody was at the school.  Were things starting to feel ‘normal’ again? I laughed when Gen told me that ‘normal’ arrived with…

Nothing Like A Good Pep Talk.

As restrictions continue to ease across Australia, our classrooms are beginning to feel a bit more normal again. For some States and Territories, Remote Learning may have felt like a long time ago but for others, it’s only just finished with the remaining grades or year levels returning this week. Either way, you have done…

More than yoga.

I imagine one thing on your mind right now is self-care and wellbeing.  It shouldn’t take such drastic events for this to happen but sadly, that tends to be what we do. As teachers we naturally give so much to others, it doesn’t occur to us to stop and give to ourselves until we are…

Step into it.

Because I speak at conferences, I have to have a Speaker Showreel.  Relax – you can spare yourself my melon and stop watching after 13 seconds if you wish for the purpose of this newsletter. In those 13 seconds, I refer to leading learning as being about helping folk step into the transformational force that is learning.  I…