In 2020 go online to connect and learn: 5 ways to an experimental culture

‘Social distancing’ becomes the new normal. Sport, cultural and community gatherings cancelled. After streaming the entire Netflix catalogue, tackling the Hilary Mantel trilogy, we also need to connect with other humans and keep working and learning. Yet how ? We get online, human-to-human. They say that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. Can you empowerContinue reading “In 2020 go online to connect and learn: 5 ways to an experimental culture”

“I hate seeing myself on video” It’s time to get over it!

Interesting times! The prospect of working and learning remotely increases daily. This means, that for schools the learning management system is critical for students to access their learning. I’m a glass-half-full kind of person. Amidst the sadness and difficulty of this global health crisis, it will bring new ideas and innovation. That LMS gathering (virtual)Continue reading ““I hate seeing myself on video” It’s time to get over it!”

If culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast… what’s for lunch and dinner?

…culture has design for lunch and devours your precious vision for dinner. Our efforts to create change, to impact mindsets, habits and behaviour, and to embed new ideas, stands and falls on the culture of the users. Sinek encourages us to ‘Start With Why’, but the process of creating a sustaining culture also requires sufficientContinue reading “If culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast… what’s for lunch and dinner?”

Shaking your mental kaleidoscope: Learning from far-afield

In her book, Think Outside the Building: How advanced leaders can change the world one smart innovation at a time, Elizabeth Moss Kanter (EMK), explains that advanced leaders start from the premise that there are many solutions to a problem and that by changing the angle on the kaleidoscope new possibilities emerge. EMK encourages advancedContinue reading “Shaking your mental kaleidoscope: Learning from far-afield”

You want to revolutionise school? Apply kaleidescope thinking – same components, different possibilities

Short version We often feel like our systems are so rigid that innovating is a pipe dream. Schools and organisations that have disrupted the status quo operate within the same constraints but apply ‘kaleidoscope thinking’. A kaleidoscope is made up of fragments of coloured beads and pieces of glass, and mirrors, using the incoming lightContinue reading “You want to revolutionise school? Apply kaleidescope thinking – same components, different possibilities”

When we talk about student centred and teacher-directed learning, do we mean poles, continuums or pendulums?

Each Friday I reflect on what I’ve read, learnt and pondered during the week. Sometimes I think my job is to ‘Read for Australia’ and then I need to share. Short version: Every school, organisation, group and family have a culture. Often culture is centred on language and terminology that becomes embedded into our vocabulary.Continue reading “When we talk about student centred and teacher-directed learning, do we mean poles, continuums or pendulums?”

Authentic student agency + school design

It can be a lonely life, writing a PhD thesis. It involves ready some really interesting papers, the kind of thing you would share with a colleague. And as educators, we are sharers, aren’t we, so I’m sharing. A research study I read this week painted a very interesting picture of engaging students in theContinue reading “Authentic student agency + school design”

The empathic learning environment: Sit where they sit

We often say that empathy is like walking in another’s shoes or seeing the world through their eyes. But what about sitting in their seat? Empathy is considering another’s perspective on a situation. We can view this from an emotional or cognitive perspective, but what if we thought about it from a physical space paradigm?Continue reading “The empathic learning environment: Sit where they sit”

A threshold moment: Stepping into the 2020s purposefully

A threshold moment presents an opportunity to rethink, refresh and renew. At this time of the year we are encouraged to proclaim our new year’s resolutions. Get fit, lose weight. But the ‘stickiness’ of our proclamation is dependent on how deep we go in thinking about our future.  Is there a deeper purpose connected toContinue reading “A threshold moment: Stepping into the 2020s purposefully”