An alternate three Rs for the 21st century?

While the traditional three Rs (reading, writing & arithmetic) were only aimed at the students, these alternate three Rs would serve as an operating system for the whole learning community; students, staff, parents and the wider community. Relationships – Humans are social beings and as such positive relationships are key to human flourishing. As well […]

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Drowning, Not Learning

In his book Happier, Tal Ben-Shahar PhD describes one model of motivation that influences the approach a student may take to their learning. He calls it the “Drowning Model”. “The drowning model shows two things; that the desire to free ourselves from pain can be a strong motivator and that, once freed, we can easily […]

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How Should We Measure The Effectiveness of a School?

Consider the following students… Christopher* is a Year 12 student who is on course for a top ATAR. He is likely to be the Dux of the School. However, Christopher has always had issues socializing, and suffers anxiety. It is not clear how he will function outside the structure of a small high school. David […]

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What’s The New Kid Like?

“What’s the new kid in Year 9 like?” I asked Mr Jones* the Maths teacher. “He’s terrible at maths,  he’s definitely not too bright,” Jonesy assured me. Whilst this is purely anecdotal and certainly not a universal approach to describing students, it is fairly common in my experience. I have asked what the child is like, and I’ve been told what the […]

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