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,…

Making The Most of Your Time

I have two competing views about educational research:  that we spend far too much time and money researching aspects of the educative pursuit that have little or no impact or meaning.  No more studies about homework please – the truth is already known.  that when we find relevant and confronting truths within our research, that…

Lighting Learning Fires

Albert Einstein is universally recognised as one of the greatest minds of our time and amidst his incredible contribution to science, he also shone a very bright torch on education.  Albert is quoted as saying, very eloquently, a ‘student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you need to light up’.…