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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My talk at the Positive Schools Conference in Brisbane

Following Michael Carr-Gregg at a conference of this nature is a bit like following the Rolling Stones at a music festival. It’s great to on the same bill, but you are a little concerned if anyone is really there to hear you! But that’s what I had to do today at the Positive Schools Conference […]

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Testing Times for NAPLAN

For the benefit of my overseas readers, all Australian school students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are assessed using national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy. These are known as NAPLAN tests. They are the equivalent to the SATs in the UK or the NEAPs in the […]

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Positive Schools Conference in Fremantle

Today I had the privilege of giving a key-note talk at the Positive Schools Conference in Fremantle. This was a great opportunity for me to engage with some of the leading minds in Australia in the field of mental health, wellbeing and education. I gave a talk based on my Drowning not Learning blog post from last […]

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Have you read The National Times today?

My latest article has been published by Fairfax Media’s National Times. The most popular course at Harvard University is not medicine or dentistry. Neither is it engineering or even law. It is positive psychology, the field of psychology that is sometimes dismissed as ‘‘happy classes’’. Tal Ben Shahar first offered the class in 2002 and […]

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Whose Job Is It Anyway?

If you’ve read my articles, or heard me speak you would know that I often make the assertion that,  as a collective body of adults, the school and not the parents are the significant adults in the life of the 21st Century child. Till now this belief was  based only on anecdotal observations and common sense. However, […]

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Just another disappointing sequel

My latest article has been picked up by Online Opinion. Just another disappointing sequel  With perhaps the exception of The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back, sequels rarely receive comparative critical acclaim as their predecessors. Sequels often offer little to enhance the story, in many cases only serving to confuse or infuriate the […]

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Opportunities for Teachers…

I thought I’d let you know that proposals for this years NSW Teacher Scholarships are now being accepted as well as show you an interesting video from this year’s TED talks – the common theme – improving education by looking at it differently… for those who apply… good luck! NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships 2011 You wouldn’t be reading this post […]

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Only the “bright” allowed to shine…

In the latest Sun-Herald in Sydney, there is an eight page spread about how parents should choose an independent school. obviously it has had significant input from various independent schools as well as including a 39-point checklist for things to look for when choosing the right school for your child. It spoke of looking at the individual needs of […]

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Sometimes “successful students” fail themselves…

Last month the Sydney Morning Herald carried an article that suggested that perhaps students chose university courses based on the prestige associated with such courses, rather than what was most appropriate for the individual. Personally I don’t think this is so surprising… do you? After all, since Year 1 they have been categorised as either […]

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