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Personalized learning and technology

19 Oct


As I was out running yesterday I was watched the people in the local shopping centre. I thought about how people live now. It is all about them. “Me” not “you.” This is one reason why social media works. Facebook is about “you” building and connecting to “your” friends. It’s about sharing what you like, liking what others do, and showing off what you do. Twitter is even more about “you.” Yes, you can use these tools to think beyond yourself. You can use these tools to promote and share. But they became big because of how they are about “You.” Even Linkedin as a professional tool is about building up “you” to the world. It’s about how many connections you have and who these connections are.

When it comes to being connected, we are more connected today than ever before. Almost everyone must have a smartphone, especially teenagers. They must be available immediately to their friends. Texting is now bigger than email and using the phone. That’s old school. With unlimited texting packages, we can write back and forth whenever we want with as many words as we want. And we do.

Interpersonal relationships mean more to most kids than their own families. They check their phone often. This is why texting why driving is such a problem. Smartphones alert you when there’s a text, a tweet, or some other response or nudge about almost anything. You are “always” connected to your network unless you turn your phone off. If they turn off their phones, they lose their connections.

I loved this clip which appeared in my feed this week:

This got me thinking about the options we are providing for students.  We can focus on learning that is personal, but we need to teach and model compassion, kindness and empathy. We need to demonstrate what it is to be part of a social network and how to look beyond yourself. We also need to use these tools so kids can learn the way they learn best. Take advantage of them. But we also need to show them that they need to look up and out at the world. Connect with others to not only build connections but to share what you learn and learn from others. Teach the skills to recognize bias, validity and authenticity. Help them to be able to articulate intelligently and thoughtfully. This is their future and right now I’m a little concerned if they are ready for it.




26 Mar


Excellence is s0 important!! Oh yes I am sure we have all been here.

The Interview

20 Mar


I just thought this was outstanding this week.



Videos of the Week

1 Feb

This is a useful resource for meetings especially when you don’t seem to be making any progress…


This one pokes fun at the complexities of leadership.

Connecting With Students

8 Sep

At present I am doing Year 6 interviews along with the rest of the Senior Leadership Team. I find these insightful in a number of ways and I enjoy the look of wonder on student’s faces as they start their journey at our school. I would in no way say that I was perfect in the way I carry out my role and definitely would change some things that I do. I’m hoping that the areas I’ve identified below will help both me and you do better.

1. Connect with students.

I enjoy being on crossing duty in the afternoon. It gives me the chance to think and have a positive contact with all the students, as they leave. I see this as touching hearts. It could be cold, or detached, at first, but then I started seeing this as an opportunity to really connect with students. Not only could you get to know the student better, but you could see problems before they started and diffuse them. I went from hating supervision to seeing this as the best part of my day; it is all about perspective. As the kids leave, be outside again, check in on them, and say goodbye. The same could be said for being involved in extra curricula activities.

Mock exams are coming up at school, teachers do the supervision, and it can be time consuming. I remember seeing this as a pain because you stand for an hour but it is a good time to reflect. It is an insight to see large groups of students in the learning environment.

 2. Be positive.

I want students to see my office as a place where they could come, talk, and grow. My goal is to ensure that I talked to kids and got to know them so that if they ever did end up in my office, I already had established a relationship with them. Some of these relationships could have been built on the sports field or simply at the crossing, as they leave each day.

3. Be there.

Students need to know you will be there for them, especially when they have a problem. Eventually, stories will come out, they relax, feel at ease with you, so then follow up with, “If you were me, what would you do?” I do this a lot. Students usually know the right thing to do

4. Keep your sense of humour.

Students get this. People get this. It lightens the mood.

5. Get amongst it.

I still think that with classroom teaching, team coaching and simply being among the students, to a great degree, you solve many issues with crop up with students.

6. Show you love teaching and the students.

The majority of educators get into teaching because they love kids. Imagine how much more you can get from them in their learning when you display this. This is not just for relationships with students, but in any relationship in your life. Be open to showing students how much you care about them. Be their advocate. Care about them. This comes down to basic Gospel values in Matthew 6:21


Just for Fun…

Love this Japanese Doctor!

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it… Don’t waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.


Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. Bottoms up!


Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain…good!


Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?


Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!


Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.


Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! ‘Round’ is shape!


Well… I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO-HOO, what a ride!!”


For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.


CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you…!




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