Vive le Revolution!

On Friday 2nd March, the teaching community of Sydney got together for an incredible event. Starting at 5pm (yes… after School), 300+ teachers from across all the educational sectors got together to share concepts, collaborate, start new projects, discuss technology and generally explore the nature, purpose and possibilities of education. I’ve written of the TeachMeet phenomenon […]

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How “new” has this year been for you?

There is a well-known saying in TV circles, that goes something like, “There’s no such thing as a new year. Just old ones recycled.” The amount of re-runs that the networks spew our each year is testament to this, but more than that, we get the same old – same old in terms of “reality” […]

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Postcard from the UK

Happy New Year to all. 2012 has started at a cracking pace. I’ve spent the last few weeks in the UK, catching up with friends and family over Xmas, and wouldn’t you know, with just a week or so until we fly back, the kids have finally got their body clocks into UK time! By […]

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Three questions to mull over…

Assuming you and your school place student welfare/wellbeing high on your list of priorities, here are three questions to consider for 2012… 1. Who is the significant adult in the life of a 21st Century student? How and where do they spend most of their time? With whom do they converse most with? Is it […]

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Kids Shouldn’t Go To School!

There, I’ve said it! Well maybe not quite… What I mean is: Schools should go to kids – meet them on their turf. Genuinely “engage” them. Find out what makes them “tick.” Use the technology they use on a day-to-day basis. In my opinion too many teachers, schools and parents mistake conformity for engagement. The […]

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Teachers v Computers – No Contest!

When I speak around the country, I get the those in attendance to raise their hand if they had a favourite teacher at school – invariably everyone has a favourite teacher – an indication in itself of the impact we have on people’s lives. I then ask them to keep their hands raised if this […]

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My talk at the Positive Schools Conference in Brisbane

Following Michael Carr-Gregg at a conference of this nature is a bit like following the Rolling Stones at a music festival. It’s great to on the same bill, but you are a little concerned if anyone is really there to hear you! But that’s what I had to do today at the Positive Schools Conference […]

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Positive Schools Conference in Fremantle

Today I had the privilege of giving a key-note talk at the Positive Schools Conference in Fremantle. This was a great opportunity for me to engage with some of the leading minds in Australia in the field of mental health, wellbeing and education. I gave a talk based on my Drowning not Learning blog post from last […]

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Have you read The National Times today?

My latest article has been published by Fairfax Media’s National Times. The most popular course at Harvard University is not medicine or dentistry. Neither is it engineering or even law. It is positive psychology, the field of psychology that is sometimes dismissed as ‘‘happy classes’’. Tal Ben Shahar first offered the class in 2002 and […]

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My talk at the Positive Psychology in Education Symposium

On Saturday 16th April, I had the pleasure of attending the Positive Psychology in Education Symposium at Sydney University. It was a great opportunity to meet with some of the leading educators and psychologists from all over Australia and I’m looking forward to collaborating with some of them in the future… I was also very fortunate to be […]

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