Dear Colleagues

  Today I sent an email to my faculty, overviewing my past few busy professional learning days. It occured to me that it was “long enough to be a blog post……” So here it is 🙂   Dear colleagues, ( *Blog note* I always have problems with a suitable salutation when I’m in a rush….) … Read more Dear Colleagues

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Future focused learning space? Lose the desk.

I was pretty excited this year – I was getting my own room for the first time in about 30 years of teaching. It was an old Art room, at the arse end of the school campus. No-one wanted it, but I saw the potential of making it into a space that kids would be … Read more Future focused learning space? Lose the desk.

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This game is unplayable in its current state

When a game become unplayable in its current state, the frustration felt by players is proportional to their level of investment in it. I’m both a player of games, and a player in the educational sector of my state. It’s surprising how similar these settings have been lately. Recently I’ve been playing Battlefield 1 on … Read more This game is unplayable in its current state

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How resilient ARE you and your faculty?

I’ve had a interesting week. A proposed change in whole school focus, hosting a TeachMeet, taking a group of Year 10 students on a camp and managing a whole school voice survey. An extraordinary week, actually, and I still had my day job of leading a high school PDHPE faculty of 5. So today, when I … Read more How resilient ARE you and your faculty?

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“Tomorrow gets me higher”

I’m making an effort to blog more often. In fact, my aim this year is to set a goal of one post per month and just reflect on what I’ve experienced in the job, rather than just lobbing something out there when that something happens. Mind you, I have a habit of taking tangents, so who … Read more “Tomorrow gets me higher”

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Thinking “why”, not “how”

In the years that I’ve tried to lead doing new or interesting things at school the same lesson always comes back to me – you can’t just “build it and they will come”. What I mean is – you can’t just build a Moodle, or grant access to Google Apps, or start an Edmodo class, … Read more Thinking “why”, not “how”

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Emulator? Or Assimilator?

How do you go about planning and implementing your ideas for school? I’ve been thinking about the teaching projects I have ahead of me this year. A Year 10 elective class that carries on from 2013; a Year 7 class (part of a whole school plan that seeks to integrate Google Apps as an approach … Read more Emulator? Or Assimilator?

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Reflections and crystal balling

This will be my last post for 2013, I think. With the school year finishing in under a week, I’ve been reflecting on what has happened in my classroom, with my faculty and with my online communities that I interact with. Looking Back… At school, I’ve struggled in a lot of ways. I struggled returning … Read more Reflections and crystal balling

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CHANGE – Build your own brewery

I do a lot of thinking when I ride my bike. It must be the extra blood and oxygen  pumping through my head or something, but I seem to think more broadly when I exercise. That’s probably a subject for another post… Today I was riding and my thoughts turned to beer. I must have … Read more CHANGE – Build your own brewery

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Degrees of separation

Here’s a presentation I did on the value of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) as part of  a TeachMeet@PLANE online session on the 25th of July, 2012. The presenter notes DEFINITELY help you make sense of it all. You will need to visit the actual Slideshare site to see them. Just click on this link … Read more Degrees of separation

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