You start a round trying to perfect your swing and end up thinking about leadership – how does that happen?

There are times when you are blinded by a parallel scenario as I was recently playing golf. I had played badly the previous round and wasn’t overly confident as I started on my first hole. The ball just didn’t seem to be going as far as I normally hit it…. Read more“You start a round trying to perfect your swing and end up thinking about leadership – how does that happen?”

Politics aside we need some truths to accept the challenges we face as a nation. That’s the election message we are sending!

Well its election time here in Australia and we may have a tie. I don’t normally stray into politics but the situation calls for some commentary. For my overseas readers we have 3 levels of government (Federal, States and local councils). Federal elections, which cover all of Australia are important… Read more“Politics aside we need some truths to accept the challenges we face as a nation. That’s the election message we are sending!”

Don’t take yourself too seriously!

Each year the students set the school leadership a dare challenge if they raised significant funds for the school in the annual walkathon. I was reminded of this when I stumbled on the photo of one challenge they set me – to dress up as Katie Perry and sing her… Read more“Don’t take yourself too seriously!”

Choosing Schools

Parents choosing schools based on the ‘vibe’ and community rather than test scores and fancy facilities This newspaper article attracted my attention over the weekend as it resonated with my experience as both a parent and school leader. In my last school as principal I conducted at least 150 sixty… Read more“Choosing Schools”

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”

Small classes are still being sold as the “golden” goose!

I’ve just finished cooking omelettes for breakfast and I open the daily paper (Age) and stumble across the Independent Schools Guide. It’s a 16 page full colour advertising features that doesn’t appear online. The last thing I’m wanting to do is start a private versus public education for in many… Read more“Small classes are still being sold as the “golden” goose!”

mobile/cell phones on school or summer camps

that sixth graders who spent just five days at a tech-free sleepaway camp developed greater understanding of real-world interpersonal communication cues, including a better ability to read facial expressions, make eye contact, and interpret tone of voice and other prompts, such as posture and keeping an appropriate spatial distance with… Read more“mobile/cell phones on school or summer camps”

Revolution School, a must watch documentary on ABC television

There is a new 4 part documentary on our ABC channel called “Revolution School” with the first episode screened last week. I think this is a must watch show for anyone interested in schooling. The ABC took cameras into a normal secondary school for about a year with the aim of finding… Read more“Revolution School, a must watch documentary on ABC television”

Downsizing your house? We did and what did we learn?

Ever considered downsizing your house? We sold our family home in October last year after about 6 weeks of preparation time. After we finished repainting (over 1/2 of the external house and windows – once you start where do you finish), replacing (guttering, downpipes etc..), gardening (cutting down trees, laying new turf… Read more“Downsizing your house? We did and what did we learn?”

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”

Transitional Vocabulary – one process of effectively teaching grammar.

I realise there are times when I might show a little bias however I had to show this photo of a teacher at my school teaching grammar in ways that both engage and support students transferring the understanding to their writing. The teacher, Kalliopi, had just shown a short YouTube… Read more“Transitional Vocabulary – one process of effectively teaching grammar.”