Is ADHD an “Aussie” thing?

On Sunday, I tweeted a link to this article by Marilyn Wedge about rates of ADHD in different countries. Distilling the essence of this article, I subsequently wrote this for my regular column in the Generation Next blog. In the US, at least 9% of schoolchildren are on medication for ADHD. In Australia it is estimated that […]

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Buying into NAPLAN Stress

I wrote this for my weekly Generation Next column. According to Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, “Stuffed toys that help children deal with ‘difficult emotions’ are being spruiked as a means to ‘assist with the stress of NAPLAN.’” As an aside, it does seem ironic that the PR firm pushing these toys is called Evil Twin. Now, I understand that […]

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What if we listened to kids?

This was originally written for my regular column in the Generation Next Newsletter Last Friday I spent the day at the Student Wellbeing Action Network (SWAN) Symposium co-hosted by Wellbeing Australia and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). The day brought together policy makers, researchers, practitioners, teachers and – most importantly for me – students to […]

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Get rid of ANTs & Change your thinking!

This was originally written for the latest Generation Next Newsletter. Of late, more and more schools are asking me to work with their students as well as their staff. My most popular workshop at the moment is Learning to Bounce where we explore resilience. Resilience is generally accepted to mean the ability to bounce back after […]

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“Getting rid of the Dross”

Towards the end of 2012 I had two conversations with teachers in two different schools that made me stop and think. The first was with a principal who in response to my assertion that we overuse grades in school replied: I’ve heard all this before. But if we stop grading, we end up with kids […]

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Why Focus on Wellbeing in School?

Happy New Year! This is my latest Talking Point clip.

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5 things to do to recharge over the break

These were the parting words in my last Generation Next Newsletter article for 2012. All this year I’ve focused on student wellbeing. But for the next 5-6 weeks (in Oz, less in the US or Europe) it’s all about you. Make sure you take the time to recharge your battery over summer by doing these […]

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Are we testing the wrong things?

This is my latest article in the Generation Next Newsletter… As the Fairfax media reports that more parents than ever were withdrawing their kids from the annual NAPLAN tests I wonder if these tests are even assessing the right things in school. Now I realize the importance of literacy and numeracy – of course I […]

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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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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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