Contacting Parliament

September 21, 2021
You might have seen my post on Facebook recently about the proposal to bring forward the school holidays due to the current Covid/Delta outbreak. Not surprisingly the nere idea of shirting the holidays generated a lot of angst and concern amongst teachers, and I ha...
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Meetings

July 7, 2021
Most meetings suck.  Of course they do, because no one is training us to do them well and we’ve suffered through years of having them poorly modelled to us....
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ADKAR

May 25, 2021

The ADKAR change model in an educational setting.

It’s often said that when it comes to education, the only constant is change and CRIKEY that can be tough sometimes! Just when you get your head about doing one thing, someone in a swivelly chair decides that you don’t need to do it anymore and from tomorrow onwards you ...
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Being Coached

April 28, 2021

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Coaching Relationship

Having a coach is a huge investment. Either you personally make the decision to have a coach, or your school leadership chooses to provide you with one. Either way, coaching requires an investment of your time and energy. As your coach, I can help you achieve your goals and ...
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Toxic Colleagues

April 27, 2021

How to deal with toxic people in your workplace

When we’re out in the real world we describe something toxic as a thing that is poisonous to every member of a group. For example:Chocolate is toxic to dogsUncooked eel blood is toxic to humansChilli is toxic to pigeons With this logic, is it really right to say that a per...
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Books

April 7, 2021

5 books about coaching for educational leaders

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Options

April 1, 2021

Want to know what your options are? Try asking some of these questions:

Good questions have magical powers! Our brains are obsessed with answering them. You can use this to your advantage when faced with any situation that you want to improve. Ask good questions and get your brain going to work to come up with good answers. The best brainstormin...
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Over Teaching

February 24, 2021

What if the best LEARNING happens when we stop TEACHING so much?

There are an estimated 215 million drawing tutorials on YouTube. Half a billion music lessons to look at. Hundreds of thousands of videos that teach you how to ride a unicycle. When did plopping learners in front of a screen become a default for everything? Surely,...
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Professional Growth Cycles

January 6, 2021

In 2018-2019 we fought for this change ... HARD!

Having 3 days without pay to go and stand in the rain and chant along to "Kua tai te wā!" is up there with having a root canal on the enjoyment scale - but we did it and it worked! The old 'jump-through-hoops' appraisal system for teachers is out, and Professional Growth Cy...
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Isn’t it weird how the whole COVID lock down escapade feels simultaneously like it was just yesterday, but also like it was aaaaaaages ago? I’ve been seeing the carnage that’s been going on in schools over the last few weeks with the student (and parent) behaviors that...
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