The chicken or the egg?

We all know the general message that “Student wellbeing is important as it impacts on their ability to learn and achieve.” But just as wellbeing affects education, I believe it is crucially important to understand how education affects wellbeing. How we educate our students can have a direct impact on their wellbeing – and ours! It’s […]

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VIDEO: A few words on Engagement

This is a 2 minute clip of my talk at this year’s Young Minds 2012 conference. Click here to check out some of my other Talking Point Videos…

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What could leaders learn from Rugby League?

I’d imagine a few things would come to mind if I asked this question to a room of teachers. Some of the answers, I’m sure would be pretty funny – if a little inappropriate. However, yesterday I was reading this article by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter FitzSimons, discussing the merits of Des Hasler’s coaching […]

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The Virtuous Cycle

(Genuine) Engagement & Wellbeing enhance achievement, yet how many schools pursue achievement at the expense of engagement and wellbeing? The following is an extract from my manifesto, “Still Trying to Find X”.   The Virtuous Cycle It is essential that we create a Virtuous Cycle for all students in our schools. The Virtuous Cycle relies on having positive relationships at its heart or hub. Think […]

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A long & happy engagement – latest SMH piece…

This originally appeared on Pg 17 of the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 14th May. Across Australia, approximately thirty percent of students who start high school will go on to university. So what of the other seventy percent – the majority who don’t go to university? Is school adequately preparing students for life outside the classroom, or […]

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What can we learn about school from Roger Federer?

On Friday 4th May, I spoke at the Generation Next Seminar in Brisbane about creating a culture of genuine engagement in schools. From that talk, I’ve created a 60 second Talking Point video in which I discuss what I believe we can learn from Roger Federer about the concept of Mastery.

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Who are the experts & what do they do?

There are people who are, rightly, referred to as experts. I’m sure you can reel off any number of names in your field who are regarded as the gurus. However, I also believe there are too many people who are not regarded as experts, and it’s the very people who should be seeing these people as experts, who don’t. Too many […]

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What’s your philosophy?

Last week I asked, “Why don’t we ask, Why more often?” I was referring specifically to education reform (or the lack thereof). But how often do we only consider the What, When or How of what we do on a day-to-day basis? In your area of work, do you stop to consider why you do […]

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No Grades Day

Last year I set my senior PDHPE class a little task, then involved them reading up on the latest recovery strategies used by the top rugby league players. “Is it in the syllabus?” they asked. “No,” I replied, “This is brand new stuff.” Out of 20 students, how many looked at the stimulus material provided […]

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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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