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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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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Back to School Tips: The Teacher Edition.

During the week I saw this handy-dandy back to school guide for kids and parents from our friends at the Ministry of Education. Now, because I’m here to break down societal barriers and help us to all understand each other a little bit better, I thought that there’s real power in admitting that teachers need a …

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