TOP SECRET: For Principals’ Eyes Only

Are you a Principal? Yes? Read on. No? Walk away from the screen. You were never here. ——- Last year I posed a question in a blog post. Why did the principal cross the corridor? Why would the principal of your school come into your classroom? As principals, I thought it might be useful to share […]

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“Class Size” debate just got farcical…

A couple of weeks back I blogged about the Class Size Myth. I made two simple points. A smaller class size in and of itself does nothing to enhance student learning. A poor lesson infront of 40 kids will still be a poor lesson in front of 20. But, in order to implement the proven strategies […]

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The Class Size Myths – Which do you believe?

Over the Australian Summer I finally decided to read John Hattie’s Visible Learning for Teachers. Hattie’s theories on education are backed up by countless research papers and evidence. In the never-ending quest to improve teaching (and teachers) Hattie is as revered by politicians and system leaders around the world as he is viewed with suspicion […]

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Do other schools think more of you than your own?

When I’m in schools, I always recognise that the teachers I’m working with are the experts on their school. As well as being expert educators, they understand the idiosyncrasies of their colleagues, leaders, students and wider community. However, what I’m finding more and more is that within schools, teacher “expertise” is often not recognised outside […]

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What if every teacher blogged?

Let’s just say for a moment that in teaching, we value concepts such as: Fostering relationships Enhancing resilience & staff wellbeing Encouraging deep reflection Sharing of best practice and vision Engagement in our profession Enhancing teacher quality Cross-curricular links Links to the “real” world* Peer-to-peer coaching The development of a body of work The ability […]

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Your invitation to join the discussion

On Wednesday 14th November at 7pm AEDT (6pm in Brisbane, 4pm in Perth & 8am in London) I will be on the panel for the PLANE LeadMeet Education and Wellbeing Q&A Live Webinar. I’m really looking forward to it as alongside me on the panel will be 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania […]

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Why did the Principal cross the corridor?

This post is not intended as a dig at principals, but I do wonder if the system sometimes stops our schools’ leaders from doing what they’d really like to be doing… Does this happen in other workplace settings too?

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Forget teaching… how about some learning?

If you’re interested, I’m involved in two professional learning events in the coming days. PLANE Festival of Learning                   You can REGISTER HERE to attend or you can watch the Live Feed here. Follow on Twitter using #FOL12 If you’re there, please stop by and have a chat! PLANE LeadMeet […]

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Mass exodus of the educators – My latest SMH article

In June this year, the NSW government released budget figures that claimed ten percent of teachers leave within their first five years in the profession. If this figure is to be believed then those running education systems around the world should be beating a path to Macquarie Street to find out how the government is […]

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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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