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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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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What comes first?

Over the last four weeks I’ve been all over Australia presenting at a variety of conferences. I have spoken to over 3000 teachers, nurses, social workers and other adults who work with young people. In general the message at these events seems to be, “Student wellbeing is important as it impacts on their ability to […]

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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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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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Let’s really flip the classroom

I‘ve read a fair amount about the flipped classroom of late… gotta be honest… I’ve not really been blown away by the concept in the way many have… To me it doesn’t seem that revolutionary to me… I’m not sure how it is any different to an English teacher giving the class a text to read at […]

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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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