It has now been a month since completing the Berry Street Education Model course. It stands as one of the most valuable professional development opportunities I have had to date. A huge credit to Tom Brunzell and the education team at the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Hundreds of strategies were offered during the course but… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 1
Imagine a school where teachers and students tend to each other’s wellbeing on a daily basis. A school where everyone is aware of the conditions that create thriving learning communities. A school where teachers and students alike openly discuss their strengths, weaknesses, hopes and dreams for themselves and the world. Being a teacher is the… Continue reading Are we teaching to survive or teaching to thrive?
The end of the year brings opportunities to pause and reflect. I am reflecting on one particular student who challenged and changed me more than any other. He was not at all easy to teach. In fact, we had frequent clashes; there were many days he would leave the classroom in anger, resulting in more… Continue reading A chance to be of value
Here you will find three examples of the Benefit Mindset applied at school. Before taking part in the #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge you might: Read through the examples in groups or individually, Take turns sharing reflections in a group or journalling thoughts, Respond to the prompts to frame your creative activity. — Example one: Student Leadership… Continue reading #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge — Examples and Prompts
The #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge gives students and teachers the opportunity to be among the first in the world to create and share their vision for how the Benefit Mindset can shape a better future. To get involved, check out the full brief on the #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge Medium page.
If you’ve been following the unfolding of global events in the news over the past few months then, like me, feelings of agitation and loss have probably been showing up a little more frequently in your life. There’s little doubt that we are all living in a complex and hyper-connected world. With live streams of… Continue reading Thriving in our world of ambiguity
I've always been fascinated by the scale and complexity of institutions and bewildered by their inefficiency. Below is a short essay I wrote two years ago, comparing gun control reform in Australia to that in the United States, while completing a master's degree in public policy. My thinking has evolved quite a bit since then,… Continue reading Reinventing institutions: The case of gun control
Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s popular TED Talk on ‘the danger of the single story’ is a wonderful reminder to always remain open to diverse perspectives and to practice different ways of seeing and feeling. Most of us take for granted that subjectivity is a constant feature of our complex and interconnected world. But how can… Continue reading An ecosystem of understanding
When we read we cultivate an inner-voice to make meaning, comprehend and engage with the text. The mind of a proficient reader will often fire with connections when reading a text that challenges and engages. At a major climax, their inner voice will be full of excitement. They will sometimes need to pause, re-read and… Continue reading Mindsets, inner-voice and literacy learning
I have been reading lately about positive education and feel pulled to integrate its ideas and theories into my practice. Recently, in my junior English class, we watched the film Inside Out: a spirited Pixar animation that playfully explores the emotional tensions experienced in adolescence. I had a clear plan: introduce the ideas of kindness,… Continue reading Letting go for learning