February 27, 2019

We are all guilty of getting it wrong. Why and how we got it wrong is often down to perception. Who was it who said something about self-deception being a survival mechanism that prevents us from jumping off bridges? It’s usually good strategy to think the best of ours...

February 23, 2019

If you need proof there has never been a time when schools ‘got it right’, or that ‘they don’t teach basics in school anymore’ is a fiction – then you only need to find one these math problems on the social media platform of your choice and scroll through the comments.

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February 17, 2019

I’ve started a lot of things - even finished a couple.

I think for a lot of us adulthood is starting things we know we can finish. Finishing is a good thing, especially in our careers and professions. But, often we avoid starting things that make us a little uncomfortab...

February 14, 2019

Kawhi Leonard is the perfect basketball athlete. Look at the size of those hands! It is as if he is the fulfilment of a sporting evolutionary niche - the sum of all the natural selection pressures to which the basketball population is exposed. To expect other members o...

February 13, 2019

Giving feedback to children is kind of my speciality. There’s a fine line between positive feedback and praise.

Positive feedback is empowering, it acknowledges someone’s efforts and results but ideally it makes them want to keep moving forward. It provides a new goal,...

February 12, 2019

Seth Godin says there’s no such thing as writer’s block. So far, I believe him. I have no shortage of things to write. I do have a shortage of time, a shortage of energy, and today, I have a shortage of courage to write something meaningful.

Do I want to put these ideas...

February 11, 2019

Teaching short story writing can be tricky. Kids don’t read a lot of good ones. Reading books (or ‘readers’) designed for reading instruction often don’t contain a complete set of narrative elements and most children seem to leap from readers to novels at some point be...

February 8, 2019

I can’t believe what I just read … link to news article at the bottom. Extract here ...

General Francis has admitted that officers have sexually abused female enlisted soldiers, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.

He said in that case his predecessor, General B...

February 6, 2019

I don’t drink as much coffee as people might think. One or two a day, sometimes less. But, I do love coffee.

I love that it takes practice and care to make a great coffee, regardless of how much the machine costs.

I love the mental break that a walk to the café provides...

February 5, 2019

I’ve never been a fan of ability grouping in schools. I’m always left with the feeling that we automatically limit what groups of student will learn. As if, based on where they are now, we’re going to expect one group of students to learn less than another and therefor...

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