Summer Days…

The perennial media cries of ‘all’ the school holidays and teachers working daylight hours, not on the weekend and a ‘good’ salary does not shine a light on the work in schools and the school community. School holidays are part of the award that teachers and school leaders are employed under. The school year seemed…

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Reflecting on your successes this year

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December 1 is the 335th day of the year and the first day of Summer. Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10. The 2022 theme: Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All. The ’30-day’ race toward 2023 begins in earnest. The school year is almost behind you. End of year Professional learning; new English and…

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21st Century Learners

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“Everything changes and nothing remains still…and you cannot step twice into the same stream.” Heraclitus Education is changing. It is more than new curriculum and policies, longer days and little thanks, the work of teachers and school leaders continue to play the most significant role in the growth and development of our society. It is…

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Take a moment for yourself

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails” John Maxwell I can only imagine school leadership being something like sailing. It could almost be so as the constant stream of new policies, curriculum updates and compliance deadlines throwing you around a bubbling sea. Some days you…

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How often do you think about reading for pleasure?

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“Reading is a joy, a desperately needed escape — I don’t read to learn, I read to read”.  Christian Bauman There is an ocean of descriptions and observations about reading, and the pleasure in reading. Nora Epheon wrote “Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after…

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Reading for pleasure (why it is important)

Roberts (2010) argues that leisure is an important part of modern industrial societies. The time available for leisure is balanced between the interaction of social, psychological, and cultural dimensions of society. Medaille (2011) identified that reading for pleasure is important in the healthy development of self-identification, self-construction, and self-awareness. The importance of literacy in schools…

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Why I should leave the laptop at school this weekend?

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Hewlett-Packard was one of the pioneers of portable computers, releasing a laptop in 1987. Soon after Apple introduced the first-ever battery-powered laptop in 1989. The convenience of a laptop computer drove productivity and opened a portal toward working on the road. Excel spreadsheets became the fashion with financial managers and then mobile phones and later,…

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Term 3, but who is counting?

It is almost unimaginable that the school year once spread across 2 and then 3 terms. Up until 1987, this was the school year that teachers and school leaders had to manage. Term three was often 13 weeks, the seasons moved from autumn and into winter. In a three-term year, mid-term three was tough. Tidiness,…

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Accreditation v Compliance

Colin Thompson tells the story about the Puzzle duck who was once asked by a puzzled frog where the sun goes every night. It is a bit like the question of how teacher accreditation intersects with compliance of mandatory training in teaching. The Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (NSW) determined all teachers must attain the status of…

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