2018 Q1 Review

Editor’s Note: Apologies if this post was emailed to you a few times, I was testing new software for writing blog posts and had issues saving as a ‘draft’ VS publishing.  The recent school holidays saw the end of the first quarter of 2018. At the end of last year, I spent some time reflecting on the past year and what I wanted to get out of 2018. After reading…

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Saying “No” unless it’s “Hell Yeah!”

In my previous blog post, I wrote about 2018 being a year of saying “no” unless it’s a “hell yes”. Hopefully the video below explains this concept. To quote from Derek Sivers blog post: When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” — then say “no.” When you say no to most things, you leave room in your life…

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Morning Routine

There are many who spout the benefits of an effective morning routine. “If you win the morning, you win the day” Tim Ferris   “Morning rituals … can set you up to be more productive, more successful, and more healthy. They might even enable you to make more money!” Michael Hyatt My Morning Routine My usual workday routine starts at 5:30am. After I get out of my bed, I then get…

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Reflections on 2017

I sit here, trying to reflect on what was the year of 2017. My personality type dictates that there needs to be some order to this process. That it needs to be a logical, methodical process; not some random collection of sunshine, glitter, lollipops and unicorns. I noticed a post from a Tim Ferris somewhere (I think it was his 5 bullet Friday’s newsletter) where he talked about his process…

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Have you got a minute?

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So…..  It’s been a while between blog post and, as always, a lot of water has gone under the bridge since I last wrote. The short story is that I switched schools (again!) mid way through last year to take on an Acting Assistant Principal role and at the beginning of term 2 this year, I was successful in obtaining the substantive role. The question I have been asked the most…

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A blank canvas – Part II

This post is in response to a comment I received in relation to my “Blank Canvas” post and and expands on my thoughts in relation to my ideal learning space. I remember once having this idea that I wanted to start the year with a totally empty classroom. No furniture. No chairs. No desks. No displays. Nothing. That together as a learning community, we would talk about how we liked to learn,…

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My Ideal Learning Space

Put together a design brief for a new learning space. I approached this task like stream of consciousness, so I brainstormed all of the items I would like in my ideal learning space. So, in no particular order… Spaces and furniture that reflect the different ways people learn – Quiet spaces, Spaces for performing. Spaces to cook, Spaces to work on my own, with a partner (cafe style), in groups,…

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Why teach?

What was the defining moment you decided to be a teacher? I just knew. From the age of about six, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I would ‘play school’ at any opportunity. I would mark my pretend roll , write up ‘work’ on my little chalkboard with my toys or any friends being my students. I would mark their work with red ticks and crosses and…

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Why I do what I do

“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it” – Simon Sinek I discovered Simon Sinek on TED last year. In his talk on ‘Why good leaders make you feel safe’, he believes that great leaders “provide their people opportunity, education, discipline when necessary, build their self-confidence, give them the opportunity to try and fail, all so that they could achieve more than we could ever imagine.” As a leader, my style aligns very much…

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