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”

"Back to Basics" – Our education minister doesn't disappoint. But what really matters?

We were all waiting for it.  In the light of Australia’s PISA results, we knew that our politicians wouldn’t let us down and the headline confirmed it: Education Minister pushes for ‘back to basics’ approach in schools Australian’s Minister for Education is quoted as saying “schools need to renew their focus on literacy and numeracyContinue reading “"Back to Basics" – Our education minister doesn't disappoint. But what really matters?”

Evolution of learning culture: Why are we here?

“The evolution of learning culture is the most critical work educators need to do inside schools today” Timeless Learning – How Imagination, Observation and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools by Ira Socol, Pam Moran and Chad Ratliff (p.24) My work is around ‘culture’ and every school, organisation, business and family, has its own culture. Culture eats strategy forContinue reading “Evolution of learning culture: Why are we here?”

From “masterpiece” to “chaos” in one year: What can we learn about designing for people-first?

This is the story of a library in Long Island, from its opening to a little over a year later. Landmark projects carry a lot of responsibility. Visually, aesthetically they make a mark, but still need to work for the people. “I’m sure that they didn’t have kids, because as a parent, you know theseContinue reading “From “masterpiece” to “chaos” in one year: What can we learn about designing for people-first?”

Leading change and innovation by design: Who’s on your mini-bus?

Last week someone asked me, “How would you describe what you do?” You might think professional traveller, designer, speaker, facilitator, and there probably is plenty of reason for thinking that, and I do those things. But I’m a ‘gut instinct’ kind of person and the first thought was… “transform culture“ I think about, live, breatheContinue reading “Leading change and innovation by design: Who’s on your mini-bus?”

Imagining the outside environment: For learning, social connection, health, wellbeing… and FUN!

What are your memories of the playground from school? I remember dust bowls and knee-grazing asphalt (with the scars to prove it). I can speak from experience, as I went to three primary schools and two high schools. One school playground stood out above the others, Gymea North Public School in southern Sydney.  I wasContinue reading “Imagining the outside environment: For learning, social connection, health, wellbeing… and FUN!”