Author Archives: danh

Chatting with Carol Dweck

Many of you would be well aware that much of my coaching and consulting work revolves around Mindset, and in particular the implications of Fixed and/or Growth Mindset thinking. The world’s leading researcher in this space is Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University. She was in Australia last week and I caught up with her to chat about how her Mindset theories have been implemented, as well as some of the myths, misappropriations and challenges of Mindset. You can listen to […]

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[Still] struggling to get our head around social media in schools…

In February this year, I had the opportunity to ask over 1000 senior students from about forty schools across Australia, which statement best summed up how their school taught social media. I’m assuming schools would do this, as I can definitely recall a subject called Media Studies when I was at school back in the nineties… I asked… Which of the following BEST describes the manner in which social media is taught in your school? a: It isn’t really b: We only really get told […]

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Acting on Evidence

This blog post is in response to a piece written by Dr Deborah Netolicky. It would be worth reading it to give you the context of my response below. But if you want the quick version: Social Ventures Australia, The Commonwealth Bank and the Education Endowment Foundation released the Aussie Teaching & Learning Toolkit that looks at loads of different research in an attempt to rank effect or non-effect educational practices by cost and by the “security” of the research. Fairfax […]

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Disharmony Day & 18C

Today my kids went off to primary school wearing orange t-shirts. Why? Because in Australia, it’s Harmony Day, a day the government says, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. “It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.” So it took incredible comedy timing to decide that today would be the day the government should move to amend Section 18C in the Racial Discrimination Act. Just a bit of background for my overseas readers… Section 18C was added to the Racial Discrimination Act just […]

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When Dan met Stan

A month or so ago, I ended up sitting next to award-winning journalist Stan Grant on a flight to and from Wagga Wagga. We got chatting about his work, the 12 months since his speech regarding racism in Australia had gone viral, and we discussed the broader issues in Indigenous communities around Australia. I’m very grateful to Stan for agreeing to catch up again, this time with a mic in front of him for my #OffCampus section on the TER Podcast, and […]

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**THIS** might just be the biggest challenge facing your school…

Of all the challenges facing Australian schools in the 21st Century, including funding, falling behind Asia, and preparing kids for jobs that don’t yet exist, there is one challenge that is not being afforded the attention it deserves, and in light of the shifting political landscape it might just be the biggest challenge facing schools in the 21st Century; “Do young people feel as though they belong at school?” In 2015, the NSW Department of Education published a report of the […]

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Do Schools Kill Learning?

Ten years ago, a talk by Sir Ken Robinson was published on TED. Having being viewed over 41 million times on TED alone, it has become one of the most – if not the most – viewed TED talk ever. It was provocatively titled: Do Schools Kill Creativity?  The popularity of Ken’s talk catapulted him into the Public Speaking Stratosphere, not only in education, but also more broadly with many corporate and multinational organisations engaging him to present to their communities. Clearly his message […]

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Making teachers nervous the key to lifting standards?

Four years ago I wrote a piece for the UK Huffington Post reflecting on the nonsense being espoused by the then head of OFSTED, Sir Michael Wilshaw. Upon his appointment as Chief Inspector of Schools he dispensed this advice to UK headmasters: “A good head would never be loved by his or her staff. If anyone says to you that ‘staff morale is at an all-time low’ you know you are doing something right.” In the same piece I noted […]

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DI$CLO$URE

A couple of months ago I was – along with other bloggers and “industry influencers” – invited by a large tech company to attend a free workshop showcasing their new tablet and software. They were happy to “donate” to me (and by extension I assume others) a tablet worth over $1000 in return for my blogging about how I used it in my work. I declined. I’ve been receiving these types of offers since people started reading my blog. Many start-ups recognise […]

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Coaching: Do You Wanna Impress or Improve?

Imagine a young cricketer who is regarded as an excellent prospect. Let’s call her Sara. She gets selected for a representative training squad, thus getting access to a higher level of coaching than she has had before. As a right-hander, Sara regularly scores runs, but knows she has a weakness when a ball is pitched up on middle & leg stump. As the representative team meet for their first net session, Sara perceives this as her time to shine, to […]

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