To have a comeback, you have to have a setback

I had a bit of a set back today. On reflection, I can pin it to a few things. Me, thinking that something like a school sport afternoon would be easy to plan for and carry off. I planned activities and decided to follow a routine that normally sees me through most practical PE lessons … Read more To have a comeback, you have to have a setback

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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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Evolution

  creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by kevin dooley: http://flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/1856663523 I was reflecting the other day on why I hadn’t written a post for so long. Partly, I realised, because I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and construct something. I also acknowledged something that had been a nagging thought in … Read more Evolution

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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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No spoons

The story so far… I returned to school this year after about 18 months working in an office helping to build PLANE – a cross sectoral professional learning community. I always intended to return – many thought I wouldn’t. But I always thought that to keep something like PLANE (or any sabbatical) real, it has … Read more No spoons

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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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