features of a wise leader

I was recently going through my email and found this from a close Scottish colleague. THE TEN FEATURES OF A ‘WISE’ LEADER Holds unshakeable values which define their being; Translates their ‘way of thinking’ into the ‘way they do things’; Has moved beyond acquiring knowledge to ‘letting go’ of knowledge;… Read more“features of a wise leader”

Why become a teacher? part two – my story

Some people can pinpoint a single incident or person that answers this question – for me I need to tell a story as I came to my moral purpose quite late. I went as a young 5-year-old to Corpus Christi, a Catholic Primary School in Glenroy, from 1960 to 1966…. Read more“Why become a teacher? part two – my story”

A School Farewell

This week I was very humbled to attend my farewell assembly at school. There were students, teachers, parents and some returning parents of former students, former and current colleagues, representatives from the Department of Education and my family. Farewell’s are a mixed bag of emotions and I imagine people will… Read more“A School Farewell”

The Wounded Leader

Recently I recalled a book I read a few ago called The Wounded Leader by Ackerman and Maslin-Ostrowski. In the book they suggest schools have leadership resistant architecture typically “the conspiracy of busyness: where there is little time for leaders to convene people together to plan, organise and follow through –… Read more“The Wounded Leader”

Prioritising your workload

I recently read a short article in the January ASCD “education update” by Elena Hegland, an English teacher in New York, on the topic of prioritising work. It got me thinking about principal’s priorities. Elena lists her top 5 priorities as Student well being (“taking care of kids comes first”) Lesson planning… Read more“Prioritising your workload”

EPS data wise team reflections

This is the last post in the series by the 4 teachers overseas inquiring into the data wise process. As our trip draws to a close, we spent time reflecting upon and synthesising our learning both from the Data Wise Institute, and what we saw of the process within the… Read more“EPS data wise team reflections”

The ‘learning pit’ of Harvard: a data wise inquiry into what next!

We are at the end of our time at Harvard having had our presentation both acknowledged by the facility and celebrated by our American colleagues.It felt gooood! Our thinking was then sharpened over the remainder of the course to focus on the next level of work. Our goal to build… Read more“The ‘learning pit’ of Harvard: a data wise inquiry into what next!”

“learning as a social process through which understanding is achieved”

The title of this post comes from a book titled “Schools and Communities: working together to transform children live’s” by West-Burnham, Farrar and Otero. Pictured above is George Otero, a co author of the book and Co-President of the Relational Learning Centre in Santa Fe New Mexico USA. George has started to do some… Read more““learning as a social process through which understanding is achieved””

Reflections on ‘Learning Intentions’ of classroom lessons

Over the past 3 months I have been honoured to observe instruction by teachers in classrooms across a number of schools. One of the indicators of effective instruction is that each lesson has a clear learning intention stated up front to the students in the class. In most classrooms I visited the… Read more“Reflections on ‘Learning Intentions’ of classroom lessons”

Feeling mixed emotions on ANZAC Day.

This recently discovered photos of Aussies in the trenches in World War 1 brings another special memory to ANZAC Day celebrations this year in Melbourne. I’ve just finished watching the ANZAC Day parade here in Melbourne and how the next generations of Australians in their thousands come to pay their… Read more“Feeling mixed emotions on ANZAC Day.”

Race to Nowhere – a film about the pressure to get good grades – coming to you.

I stumbled on this clip from Scott Mcleaod’s blog to a movie that touches on an extreme, that if normalised in schools would spell disaster for a generation of students. The pressure to perform on tests – to get high grades – is real – its not the same as… Read more“Race to Nowhere – a film about the pressure to get good grades – coming to you.”

Reflections on closing the school year

Now that the school year has closed for 2010 and we start to unwind and prepare for the festive and summer holiday period with family and friends its an opportune time to sit back and reflect on the last month or so of frenetic activity. I happened upon a few photos… Read more“Reflections on closing the school year”

Hattie’s comments on the effect of feedback on student learning

  A few of Hattie’s comments on feedback that he made at a recent seminar struck a discord with me: Feedback is much more about what students receive than teachers give. When feedback is given to the whole class its received by no-one as they believe its not about them. Students… Read more“Hattie’s comments on the effect of feedback on student learning”

Memorable quote for leaders!

  “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or… Read more“Memorable quote for leaders!”