Meet Sophie: Her future is our challenge.

This is Sophie. She’s an Aussie kid. I often talk about Sophie in my workshops. I want to help make learning and the learning environment relevant to Sophie’s today and tomorrow. What do I mean by ‘relevant’?  It means ‘appropriate to the current time, period, or circumstances’. For Sophie, it is looking at the opportunities,Continue reading “Meet Sophie: Her future is our challenge.”

Starting the year at NBCS: Putting the F.U.N in PD to build a positive culture of collaboration and connection.

We all knew it was coming.   At the end of 2013, as the school year was finishing, the construction (and demolition) crews were coming into NBCS. Project Barcelona, the much awaited development of transforming the physical space of ‘school’ into a whole new model was underway. The brief that principal Stephen Harris gave toContinue reading “Starting the year at NBCS: Putting the F.U.N in PD to build a positive culture of collaboration and connection.”

How can we expect teachers to change the way they teach unless we have changed the way teachers learn?

Professional learning for a new paradigm  About 12 months ago I found myself sitting in a conference surrounded by hundreds of educators on a topic of 21st Century education, delivered in an industrial-era paradigm. We sat passively, in a big auditorium, then we were herded like cattle to workshops where we sat passively in smallerContinue reading “How can we expect teachers to change the way they teach unless we have changed the way teachers learn?”