The Federal Government has just released a plan to weigh children before they start school to try and crack down on obesity. The Health Minister, Nicola Roxon was reported to have said that the condition had become a national responsibility as one in four Australian children are already overweight or… Read more“Weight tests for new prep students”
One of the challenges leaders in school face is to explain, even market to parents why changes occur. I was faced with such a challenge recently as I published the 2008 school structures in the school newsletter. For four years we had implemented multi aged groupings for both educational and financial… Read more“A communication challenge – using the school newsletter!”
Thanks to Don Ledingham blog I have been altered to the 2007 PISA results being published which are worth a look. In summary the results remained flat across most OECD countries. Australia showed some improvement in Science with a 7th ranking when compared to other countries. However youth generally were pessimistic about… Read more“PISA Results out”
I was walking laps around one of my local parks this morning at 6.30 am listening to a podcast of Peter Senge talking about the relationship between business and school and it struck me how the tools of leadership have changed. No longer is the ipod the sole domain of our… Read more“Ipods and podcasts the tools of leadership”
I’m currently rereading a book by Roland Barth titiled “Learning by Heart” which I think makes a number of relevant comments for me about school reform from a very practical perspective. I also think his quotes are great: e.g. “Experience is not so much what happens to us as what… Read more“Learning by Heart”
Want a funny clip to start a conversation about walkthroughs at your school. Look no further.
Yesterday I was speaking to a colleague about the focus of walkthroughs in February. My colleague was told that I had changed some of my thoughts over the last 12 months and was seeking some clarification. I felt by the end of our conversation that I was affirming what we both understood was important… Read more“February Walkthroughs”