How the ‘5 Whys’ self-coaching tool can help you get clarity in any situation

Well friends, it happened. I reached that milestone that many 30-somethings get to when they least expect it:   I opened my mouth and MY MOTHER’S VOICE CAME OUT!!!   My son turned 10 in the holidays and had a couple of friends over for a camping sleepover in the backyard. These weren’t the kind …

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4 ways that kiwi teachers can support other educators across New Zealand

Being organised isn’t really my thing so I’ve really got to put some effort into it. Every weekend I take a moment to set a couple of goals for the upcoming week. Sometimes they just end up being wishful thinking and I get nowhere near them (this usually happens when I’m trying to do anything …

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Assessment for learning? Sounds a lot like coaching to me!

Wowsers! There’s been some big news in the professional learning world over the last couple of weeks hasn’t there? Professional portfolios are out, professional growth cycles are in, and most recently, the Teaching Council is reminding us all about how to remain professional during the election period. It’s all go! But it’s the announcement about …

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Perfectionism. The number #1 killer of creativity.

Perfectionism. It’s an excuse for scared people, and the cost = your potential.   In 2012 my new entrant classroom at David Street School in Morrinsville was an absolute thing of beauty.  It had a garden theme.  Each morning my students were greeted by a Very Hungry Caterpillar made out of paper lanterns dangling from …

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The ADKAR change model in an educational setting.

More often than not, I LOVE a change, but I know that not everyone agrees that variety is the spice of life. I know this because navigating the choppy waters of change is the number 1 thing that I coach teachers through. It’s often said that when it comes to education, the only constant is …

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It can be uncomfortable on the cutting edge.

It’s been an interesting week. For a while now I’ve been playing around with the idea of doing my Masters of Education. Over the last few months I’ve really nailed getting the message out to schools about the benefits of coaching for teachers, but what about students? And more specifically, what are the benefits of …

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Why working in a school that you hate, might be the most important thing you ever do.

If you’re in a school right now that is sucking the life right out of you, buckle up because I’m about to help you see the incredible opportunity you’ve got.   Grab a cozy blanket and a G&T, it’s story time:   Meet Heidi   In her third year of teaching, Heidi was wanting to …

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