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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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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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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