Karen's chosen 'One Word' for the year - have you?
Are you guilty of any of these five teaching crimes? Learn what they are and how to avoid them, today on the blog.
The future is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker, Managing for the Future
Students' experience of school vary, unfortunately many find the classroom and/or yard scary places. This article picks up on some of the most successful strategies in Karen's career as a principal.
Maximising teacher engagement in professional learning by supporting teachers to ‘evidence’ their learning.
We cannot manage anyone else's behaviour, so how can we 'manage' a teacher's performance? Karen challenges traditional performance management practices and identifies new ways forward.
Can a class of students be non-thinkers? What might be at play when this seems to be the case?
Not everyone loves job interviews like I do, but there are some things we can do that will make a big difference to the likelihood of success.
Written goals have power - they provide focus, sharpen intention and support ongoing learning. Learn more about goal setting here.
Professional development, CPD, staff development or professional learning, whatever you like to call it, should reflect the best of what we know about learning. But does it?
Isn’t it odd, that the end of December has many of us reflecting back over the highs and lows of a year. I hear people saying it was a ‘bad year’ or a ‘great year’, based on some key experiences. Granted, some people seem to have cranked up a long list of good or bad experiences to use to label their year, but the 365 days and 8,760 hours were probably full of a mixture of good, bad and routine experiences for most of us.
We asked for some words of advice from terrific leaders connected to Teacher Solutions for our readers. Their challenge was to say it in under 100 words.
No-one likes change like a baby with a wet nappy. It's very true, that babies are keen to be changed when their nappies are soiled. The rest of us vary in our responses to change. In this post, Karen explores teacher resistance, it's causes and her insights as a result of working with many staff teams.
Working in partnership with parents can bring many benefits. Many experts emphasise the importance of effective parent input for positive learning outcomes. This post explores some possibilities.
What advice were you given when you started in a new leadership role? Karen shares 8 tips that she's had many opportunities to share with new and aspiring school leaders.
There is a lot to be learned from the skills Dr Oliver Sacks brought to his work: careful and respectful listening, seeking to really understand others perspectives and compassionately looking to solve the problem (rather than punish in my story). If student voice is to be a successful innovation, these principles must apply.
Educational leadership is not just the responsibility of those in positional power roles, it is the domain of all educators in the school, and students too. Read why here.
What is Student Voice? How has it progressed over time? Read our latest Teacher Solutions blog post for some insights into student voice and choice over time.
What makes a good teacher? What characteristics would we see? How do you rate yourself against these? What's your next priority area for development?