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?”

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”