February 26, 2018

Are we preparing kids for the future or for 1950?

Are we preparing kids for the future or 1950?

I think it’s a valid question considering most school layouts, school days and classrooms look the same as they did 70 years ago. In the past 20 years tech...

February 19, 2018

Independence

The final goal or a step in the right direction?

I often stand in front of school audiences and pose the question:

What’s the point of this whole school thing?

I typically get a variety of answers ranging from the brilliant to the occasion...

February 13, 2018

The Sprint: all about me?

Think for a moment about the 100m sprint event at the Olympics. For years, each runner has trained day and night to qualify for this 10-second race, qualifying at a local, regional and then national level. Thousands upon thou...

February 11, 2018

Proving Yourself versus Improving Yourself 

My acting career never got off the ground (quite literally!).

When I was 16, I starred in a high school musical performance of West Side Story (photo above from the 1961 film). In it, I played the character “...

February 11, 2018

 Fortunately, things have changed​

I hated school. 

You can ask my parents, my kindergarten teacher, the school secretary and anyone who knew me. I used to cling to my parents' each day at the school gates while the office lady pried my raging arms off...

February 11, 2018

The cat left a present in the sandbox...again.

 Do you remember playing in the sandbox as a kid. Do you remember what happened when the neighbourhood cat got in the sand? I do, and I shudder to think about it...

I would often find myself playing with t...

February 11, 2018

Let’s look at overlearning. Let’s look at overlearning. Let’s look at OVERLEARNING!

(Yes, that was intentional)

Think back to when you learnt to ride a bicycle (or another amazingly wonderful childhood feat). When learning to ride a bike did you have i...

February 11, 2018

Let’s take a look at the next principle of SLOOM! teaching:

Little and Often

“Little and Often” means to teach in small time frames... often!

Rocket science it is not!

If you’ve spent any amount of time in a school, you know that teacher and support staf...

February 11, 2018

Developing confidence in our kids

Have you ever experienced failure in something? Perhaps it was a test or assignment in school?

Have you ever worked with a child (your own, or in school) only to see them struggle to succeed or even flat out fail?

It ca...

February 11, 2018

The Christmas Holiday has the potential to be the most wonderful time of the year for food, family, faith and friends. The time together can also provide terrific opportunities for parents and carers to connect with their children by enjoying a varie...

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