Retention and recruitment – performance review

Teaching is messy, complex, creative. More a la carte, than fast food. I take the stance that vast majority of teachers have made a personal and decisive decision to be educators. Anecdotally, often because of the wonderful teachers they encountered. Occasionally in spite of their teachers. Because they themselves were successful at the game of “education.” I know of one or two .... Read more and bookmark.

8 Apr ’18 0

Listen – carefully

Leaders who do not listen, will eventually be surrounded by people with nothing to say. – Andy Stanley Social media flashes up interesting snippets here and there, like the quote above. Given my thinking around communication, it is worthwhile reminding oneself that convening conversations request one to listen, carefully. A quick search for Andy Stanley provides a wealth of leadership .... Read more and bookmark.

1 Apr ’18 0

The only constant maybe change

At the macro level, education is in a perpetual cycle of change. Policy, accountability and curriculum frameworks have school in a spin. Schools themselves (or groups of school) evolve, priorities are reshaped or reformed and the same could be said about school buildings and grounds. Staff are transitory. As a school leader, I was raised in a culture of Self-Evaluation and School Improvement .... Read more and bookmark.

31 Mar ’18 0

Agentic Learning

There is always room for learning. At our OneSchool National Conference Sarah Martin, Foundation Principal of Stonefields School spoke twice at the event. First on building change momentum, enabling collaborative high functioning teams, future visioning and second on learning in a building with no classrooms. In the second presentation, I jotted down the term agentic learning, even though .... Read more and bookmark.

30 Mar ’18 0

Purpose of feedback

The main purpose of feedback is to improve the student and not the work… – Dylan Wiliam I hold my hands up, I need to do better here. .... Read more and bookmark.

24 Mar ’18 0

‘Cos Jill Berry said so

I think a blog on each subject (or whichever ones you think are particularly interesting) would be good and might reach a wider audience. – Jill Berry There are few educators, people, I respect more than Jill Berry (Dr Jill Berry that is.) She is in that small group of educators, who “I aspire to be more like…” Jill, Chris Chivers, Dr Curt Lox and Tim Whitmore, who sit .... Read more and bookmark.

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