A ‘temporal landmark‘ is a way to navigate our lives. Certain important dates, such as a birthday, the New Year or an anniversary, are prominent and stand out from the ceaseless march of time. Daniel Pink in his book When describes them as ‘a chance to start again by relegating our old selves to the… Read More Be more fox.
My very first lesson as a qualified teacher was also nearly my very last. I was teaching Olympic Gymnastics to 34 Year 11 boys; rings, pommels, parallel bars, vaulting and floor work. Thankfully I had the chance to tweak my lesson as I had the opportunity to watch Noel, a very experienced member of the… Read More Opening the door to more.
Each one of us who joins #Physed Twitter is in search of something. For one it may be resources, for another, it is new ideas. Some come seeking a community of practice they don’t have in their own school. Others are not sure what they are seeking for so tend to lurk, waiting in hope, that… Read More The Joy of Kretchmar
I’ve come to a decision to kick over the ladder. From my very first day in teaching a ladder was placed before me. The first rung of that ladder is the classroom teacher. Above that, the Middle Leadership rung, with its fork to either pastoral or academic responsibilities. One step further up is the Senior Leadership roles of… Read More Kicking over the Ladder
Recently I sat around a table with my old school friends discussing how rugby had and continues to enrich our lives. We exchanged opinions on a wide range of ideas that included building confidence, joyful memories, a sense of belonging, cultural capital that provided further opportunities, self-identity and preparing us to deal with the realities… Read More Frames
It’s performance management season again and I’m really beginning to despise it. Not for what it is trying to do, but what it has become. There is a pernicious idea that has taken hold in my experience of performance management that more is always better. No matter what you may have done last year, no… Read More Role Models
A Senior Leader comes across three students moving on the field. The Senior Leader asks the first one, “What are you doing?” The first responds, “I am becoming fitter” The Senior Leader then asks the second one, “What are you doing?” The second responds, “I am becoming healthier.” They are doing the same “movement.”… Read More The big picture.
One stand out moment in my career to date is when I was looking at some promotional pictures an outside company had come in and taken to use for a new school website. Each department had set up exciting lessons so that the photographer could take some action photos. Chemistry decided on explosions, drama had… Read More Scanning and Noticing
3 years a blogger. 245 posts, around 200k written words, and what have I learnt in this dialogue with myself? That I blog for both personal and professional growth. I write about things that are interesting to me (and in turn perhaps are interesting to other people). An ongoing public journal of my thoughts… Read More Certain of uncertainty
“Do more with less.” This is what they said 10 years ago when the full time groundsman was replaced by an outside firm who comes in once a week. We lost a craftsman. Someone who took great pride in his work, especially in the preparing and setting up pitches. With this we also lost time… Read More “Do more with less.”