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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3 ways to instantly feel better about distance learning.

“Look at the state of this bloody book”         1B5 comes flying through the window of the principals office. “If Kate doesn’t pull her socks up and start teaching my 6 year old to keep his books tidy I’ll be making a formal complaint to the Ministry of Education!” This is a …

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Dealing with toxic colleagues

When we’re out in the real world we describe something toxic as a thing that is poisonous to every member of a group. For example: ⚠️ Chocolate is toxic to dogs ⚠️ Uncooked eel blood is toxic to humans ⚠️ Chilli is toxic to pigeons   I don’t think that any one person is toxic.  …

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The most important question you’ll ask yourself all year.

Eighteen year old me loved 2 things: Passionfruit flavoured Vodka Cruisers and my boyfriend’s buff rock-climber arms. Because of these not-so-sophisticated passions of mine, I found myself getting easily swept up into making a really bad decision. Rather than going off to study teaching like I’d always dreamed of doing, I ended up moving down …

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Why the gently-gently approach is the best way to create change.

Last weekend I went to a dog show. Imagine Crufts, but in Tokoroa. I knew the name of every breed of dog there, I gazed in wonder at the spectacular outfits (on the humans) and snuggled with a gorgeous 2 year old Corgi that I absolutely fell in love with. Now here’s the thing, I’ve …

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