Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 2

It has now been over 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… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 2

Are we teaching to survive or teaching to thrive?

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?

A chance to be of value

The end of the year brings opportunities to pause and reflect. After my first year of teaching, 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… Continue reading A chance to be of value

Reinventing institutions: The case of gun control

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

An ecosystem of understanding

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