Education

Small Talk

Last week I had to call RACV for some help with my car. The man that arrived was very polite and friendly, excellent customer service. We got chatting, as you do in those situations. Just small talk. He asked what I did. I said I was a teacher. Oh, his wife was a teacher- instant connection. He seemed quite happy sharing small talk about what a great job it is, keeps you busy, again still very polite. He asked what year level I taught…this lead me to explain I was a leading teacher so didn’t have my own class and that I have been relieving as an Assistant Principal for the last couple of months. With that he looked up at me, Continue reading

Education: More than just my job

This post first appeared on Fractus Learning.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs

I love teaching. I love education. I live it, I think it, I dream it, I breathe it. It consumes me. It dominates my conversations, and I will devour anything I can about it. I will do all of this, and I will not apologise for it. For what you may think is just my ‘job’, is not, it is my life’s work. Continue reading

The ‘Why’ of Conference Keynotes

A few months ago I was discussing a conference with a staff member at my school, she had recently been to her first ‘edtech’ conference and I was asking her for some feedback. The topic of Keynotes came up and she quite innocently asked me what the point was of a Keynote, it was an interesting question and one I found I could not answer her fully but just give my opinion. The fact that she felt compelled to ask the question made me think that the Keynote must not have been successful. Continue reading

Leading Change is Hard

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Leading change is hard. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you it isn’t. If it was, I doubt there would be so many expensive books, people and programs out there that claim to revolutionise your working environment in ‘just a few easy steps’. The books on my coffee table currently include ‘Start with Why’, ‘Leaders Eat Last’ and ‘Think Like a Freak’…I have watched countless YouTube videos on leadership and educational change and I have listened to some amazing people share their stories about leading change. I think it is safe to say I’m always looking, reading and researching ideas to help me be better at my job. Continue reading

Startup Weekend Education Melbourne

Call me crazy (and many do), but I am one of those educators who quite happily gives up my weekends and ‘holidays’ for conferences or other professional development opportunities. Over the last few months however, I have been dissatisfied, for numerous reasons, with the type of events I was attending. Nothing was quite hitting the mark, inspiring me or challenging me to think differently about education. Continue reading