Build More Effective Habits

How do I become a better teacher or leader? Build more effective habits. What does that mean? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is a book that changed my approach to teaching and leadership.  It helped me see that only I could change myself by being proactive; that conflict could be... Continue Reading →


Key Education Documents: “How the world’s best-performing school systems came out on top” (McKinsey & co.)

The conclusions of this report are clear:   “The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers”   “The only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction”   “Achieving universally high outcomes is only possible by putting in place mechanisms to ensure that schools deliver high-quality instruction to every child”... Continue Reading →

Leading through Creative Tensions

  When I first started as an Acting Principal, I was struck by creative tension as a theme to my daily work. There are tensions everywhere! -          How students want to spend their time, and how we want them to use their time -          What parents want for their children, and what we as a... Continue Reading →

7 Models of Leadership in Education – No.4 – Collaboration

  All the images in my "7 Models of Leadership" series of posts involve collaboration. Every school is a highly complex network of relationships, and the more professional collaboration ("co-labour-ation", literally meaning “working together”) there is, the closer the professional relationships and the more harmonious and productive learning will be. But there is empty collaboration... Continue Reading →

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