Complexity + Community

My PhD thesis is titled The Beauty of a Complex Future, exploring the success and sustainability of change in the workplace, focusing on the teaching and learning environment. There are valid reasons why it’s important to shift from a machine-like factory model of school to one that is more human and organic. But this isContinue reading “Complexity + Community”

Design Space Design Culture

I appreciated being invited to co-host #AussieEd Twitter chat this Sunday night. Here is the video to explain what it’s all about. I believe there is a misconception around the design of learning environments, the ‘Kevin Costner Principle’, because ‘if you build it’, it doesn’t necessarily follow that ‘they will come’. That’s because it’s notContinue reading “Design Space Design Culture”

Re-imagining Professional Learning Gatherings: From ‘stump speeches’ to ‘sprout stories’

If we have learnt anything in recent months, it is that we need to look at our world with fresh eyes and develop new ways of working. I have been inspired by The Art of Gathering: How we meet and why it matters by Priya Parker. How do we create the environment for authentic professionalContinue reading “Re-imagining Professional Learning Gatherings: From ‘stump speeches’ to ‘sprout stories’”

What do students say about at-home learning?

This seismic shift has occurred without the luxury of time. The global pandemic, the pressing need for social isolation have meant that the shift to online-home-remote learning has been abrupt and somewhat brutal. Schools are working it out, and making adjustments along the way. Shifting from the physical place of learning, to virtual learning environmentContinue reading “What do students say about at-home learning?”

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?”