Saturday, August 18 2018

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We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together

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In a time when partisanship, us vs them, and wedge politics seems to be the flavour of the year in politics and education, it is reassuring to read something that eschews this approach and talks about schools in a language that we can all agree on - transforming schools so that our stude ...
Grit: Where do you get it?

Grit: Where do you get it?

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I have written before about the role of GRIT in students achieving success at school and after leaving school. For those who are new to reading my stuff, grit is defined as “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals”.  Research tells us that grit has a more significant correlatio ...
We’ve Always Done It That Way

We’ve Always Done It That Way

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That is not a good enough reason to keep doing it today (and tomorrow)! Dysfunction (Definition) 1 : impaired or abnormal functioning 2 : abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group. Sometimes something that has worked to the benefit of an organisat ...
Recognition

Recognition

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I remember when St Columba’s exceptional first Higher School Certificate results were credited to a school in the Blue Mountains. We were new, unknown and easily dismissed. How things have changed.           This statement is now at the h ...
Hard Work Beats Talent

Hard Work Beats Talent

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I watched this video the other day...   https://youtu.be/GVG4wgCqeEQ Nothing I saw and heard was news to me but, I still loved it because it reinforced my belief that real success for our students is not preordained or gifted by money, natural talent or social position. It is about ...
Know the Rules!

Know the Rules!

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“Children want and need boundaries. They cannot ask questions about how far it is to go. They depend on parents to set the parameters and keep them safe. When children don't have boundaries, they become stressed. And this is the reason why so many children are stressed: They have no real ...
Principles of Principalship

Principles of Principalship

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As a school principal I never get bored with my job. Every day is different when you are in some way responsible for over 1200 people ranging in age from six weeks to sixty years. If you have ever wondered what a school principal actually does, particularly one who is no longer able t ...
Designing a 21st Century Curriculum

Designing a 21st Century Curriculum

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Designing a 21st century curriculum: one of the great challenges of Australian education. In 1967 the retention rate for students staying on for the further two years of school was approximately 20%. In the mid-1990s the rate of retention to Year 12 had risen to 70%. What if th ...
School Reform and Gonski 2.0

School Reform and Gonski 2.0

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David Gonski “Education reform is like a bus. Miss one reform, don’t worry, another will be along in a minute!” By the time you read this the media will most likely have moved on from its fascination with the report they have labelled Gonski 2.0. In case you are still intereste ...