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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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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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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Just a Boy Who Likes Turtles

Of late, in my talks around the country, I have read this poem I first heard this poem as part of a talk that my friend and unoffical mentor Richard Gerver gave in the UK last year – which you can view at the end of this post. The overwhelming response from the audience when […]

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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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Catch Dr Suzy Green and Me on Channel 10 – Monday 6.30pm

JUST BEEN INFORMED THIS WILL NOW SHOW ON TUESDAY NIGHT Just a quick note to let you know that last week I recorded an interview for the 6.30 Report with George Negus. It is due to be aired on Monday 15th September at (guess when?) 6.30pm on Channel 10 in Australia. The subject of the story […]

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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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Label kids – Limit kids.

On Friday 22nd July, my colleague Ray Francis and I had the privilege of presenting a workshop at the AIS Pastoral Care Conference. The keynote speaker was James Nottingham. He gave an insightful, entertaining and at times, touching talk on the concept of Mindsets. Mindsets 101 In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, […]

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The Pressure | Fear | Relief Model of Education

Over the past 2-3 weeks I’ve spoken to over 1000 teachers and counsellors in Perth and Brisbane. One of the themes I touched on during my talks, was the Pressure | Fear | Relief model of education that I believe too many of our students experience. Below is a very short (2:40min) video that introduces […]

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