Are you Humpty Dumpty waiting for a fall?

Quite often Principal’s can feel like Humpty Dumpty “just waiting for the fall”. When you think of how many “clients” you serve (students, their parents and then the wider community) even a middle size school of 500 would add up to over 1,000 clients (including staff if you define a… Read more“Are you Humpty Dumpty waiting for a fall?”

Bo’ai Primary School our sister school

A few months ago I visited our sister school Bo’ai Primary School, Changzhao in China. The school has 3 sites: a Year 1/2 school for about 1,500 students, an older site currently being demolished and rebuilt and a new site specially designed for music and sports. These pictures are from… Read more“Bo’ai Primary School our sister school”

Why do some 12 year old coaches get what some adults loose sight of?

Over the past fortnight I have accompanied 6 successful school basketball teams to various representative knock out carnivals. Five of the teams were ultimately unsuccessful in making the State level round yet I could not have been prouder of them in the way they “gave it a go” in the… Read more“Why do some 12 year old coaches get what some adults loose sight of?”

A shock – bullying too close to home!

Last night I was shown a clip of Australia’s number 1 cyber bully, Tristan Barker. This story featured heavily in the New Zealand press where he is currently living with his father. I suppose what brought this to home was that I coached this young person in a Saturday afternoon… Read more“A shock – bullying too close to home!”

A Harvard Coach!

One of the great privileges Penny and I had at Harvard was the allocation of a dedicated coach (Emma) who assisted us in the preparation of our presentation and helped us determine what the next level of work. Prior to the presentation Emma organised 3 conference call meetings where we… Read more“A Harvard Coach!”

Three improvement strategies to make a difference to relationships and learning.

Over the past 2 months we have focused on preparing our teachers to differentiate instruction. I’m writing this post to explain to readers within my own community why this emphasis on preparation and why we need to adopt three different strategies at the same time to gain the improvement in… Read more“Three improvement strategies to make a difference to relationships and learning.”

To err and succeed

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.             And that is why I succeed. I read this quote at the… Read more“To err and succeed”

Support in schools arguments

This is the second post on the issue of support for teachers. In the previous post “What constitutes support for a teacher?” I set the scene that we have been re conceiving our workforce plan with the loss of 50% of our substantive leaders in the school over the last… Read more“Support in schools arguments”

Some coaching principles that might help avoid those awkward moments when dealing when upset or angry players or parents.

Let’s begin by acknowledging that it’s an honour and a privilege to coach. In thinking about some general principles that might guide coaches I came up with 5. If coaches follow these in their own style then they are less likely to have those awkward and stressful situations with players… Read more“Some coaching principles that might help avoid those awkward moments when dealing when upset or angry players or parents.”

What’s your coaching philosophy?

Here are two legends of Australian Basketball Lindsay and Andrew Gaze. Their names are the first most people recall if you mention the Melbourne Tigers. As I have written about before my son Mitchell plays in the Melbourne Tigers Under 18’s and is trained  by Lindsay. One of the things… Read more“What’s your coaching philosophy?”