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Part 2 – Design Thinking and the Bendigo TECH School
4 Aug 02:36 am

How we used the Design Thinking process to empower teachers to come to a deeper understanding of...

Design Thinking and the Bendigo TECH School – Part 1
10 Jul 12:33 am

A day of experiencing and using design thinking at the forthcoming Bendigo Tech school 10 Victorian Tech...

Ethical Leadership and Integrity
5 Jun 01:32 am

Why is integrity to the school values and vision so important to the notion of transforming the...

The Power of Beliefs – the Influence on Learning Progression
20 May 11:53 pm

You cannot become masterful through having mediocre beliefs and using mediocre habits. In Part IV of the...

Cultivating Curiosity
4 Apr 04:47 pm

Is your school’s culture one in which curiosity and learning from mistakes thrives? This article is Part...

Improving Performance – Social Intelligence
1 Mar 10:14 am

Are you developing the social intelligence of your leaders and teachers as an access to improving school...

Improving Performance – Transforming the Narrative
23 Feb 10:04 am

How does the narrative about learning and working affect the performance of a school? This article opens...

Making a Difference to Schools
1 Sep 02:56 pm

It is always pleasing to know when a difference has been made. Although it is rare to...

Step 4 – Planning for Action
24 Aug 10:55 am

Now that the contextual work has been done in Steps 1,2 and 3 it is time for...

Step 3 – Identifying a Guiding Coalition
3 Aug 10:32 am

A guiding coalition that has the capacity to make needed change happen despite all of the forces...

Maker Labs, Planning and Raspberry Pi
30 Jul 10:00 am

I just came back from running a public Practical Steps to STEAM and Teaching Coding workshop at...

STEM, Coding and the Raspberry Pi
26 Jul 01:26 pm

You may have noticed, along with our Bespoke In-School Professional Learning, that we have been running Introductory...

Step 2 – Designing a Case for Action Narrative
6 Jul 04:22 pm

Unless the teachers and middle leaders are connected to WHY change is occurring then the change is...

Step 1 – Designing Middle Leader Vision Statements
3 May 11:08 am

If schools are committed to developing effective middle leaders who strategically lead their teams to accomplish school...

Preparing for the Technologies Curriculum
13 Apr 12:29 pm

We recently finished a month of running workshops around Australia on “Practical Steps to STEAM” and “You...

Metacognition – Being an Effective Learner
10 Feb 08:19 am

Schools cannot develop effective learners if they don't develop meta-cognition. Where else will they learn how to...

Coding & STEAM – A Framework for Thinking
3 Feb 10:10 am

Every problem has a solution and there is a process one goes through to figure it out....

The Power of Questions
20 Jan 08:17 am

Good questions are only half of the equation, we must listen deeply as well so that we...

How one common policy hinders change in schools
17 Dec 10:54 am

In transitioning to the Australian Curriculum many schools created a simple policy to assist teachers in their...

Creating a School Leadership Culture Part II: What teachers need and want
28 Jul 02:58 pm

 “Change begins with a culture where everyone is elevated to the status of learner”  Sarah Brown Wessling...

Creating a School Leadership Culture Part I
15 May 10:12 am

Transformational and Instructional Leadership “Leadership only arises when people are given the opportunity to lead” This was...

The Near Win – a positive view of failure
16 Apr 06:01 pm

Recently I wrote an article about the importance of failure in developing what Carol Dweck calls a...

Transforming School Professional Cultures: Change and Belief
13 Mar 01:14 pm

How much change has been occurring in your school of late? What is your experience of the...

Failure, Mindset and Empowering Effort
5 Feb 12:02 pm

I don’t know about you but the break over summer is always a time of reading and...

A key to transforming practice – Spiral vs Linear Learning Part II
28 Nov 11:53 am

In A key to transforming practice – spiral vs linear learning Part I I proposed that the...

A key to transforming practice – Spiral vs Linear Learning Part I
7 Oct 11:32 am

A class begins, something is taught, hopefully something is learnt, the bell rings and then the next...

Moving from Teacher Centred to Learner Driven Learning
13 Aug 12:27 pm

I have been having a lot of interesting presentations at schools lately where I have been brought...

Assessment and Processes to Develop Active Learning: Part II
28 May 12:32 pm

In Part I I argued that we can’t actually measure learning, the best we can do is...

Assessment and Processes to Develop Active Learning: Part I
22 May 02:25 pm

How do we know that a learner has learnt something? Is it from one off tests? Is...

Building Trust and Developing Teacher Leadership
6 May 04:25 pm

“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it...

Bringing Parents into the Learning Partnership
11 Feb 04:54 pm

A student’s performance is mostly impacted by three communities The School Learning Environment The Student’s Peer Community...

Going for Mastery – The Journey of Learning
5 Feb 10:24 am

One of the sports I reintroduced myself to when I first began university was track and field....

Delivering Long Term Results
4 Feb 09:19 am

Welcome to all of our new and old subscribers! As most of you probably realise by now –...

Start the Year with Great Habits!
29 Jan 10:36 am

Welcome back to the start of the school year and we are hoping you are feeling refreshed...

Why do we have grades?
11 Nov 12:11 pm

I am current working with quite a prestigious school to transform their Year 8 curriculum and teaching...

Clarity
25 Oct 09:49 am

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way...

Developing Independent Learners
9 Oct 09:10 am

In John Hattie’s meta-analyses of the highest impacting teaching approaches you will find explicit teacher-led instruction or...

Can DO Lists
2 Oct 03:16 pm

  One of the things I love about being an educational consultant is that I am always...

Purpose + Alignment = Success
22 Aug 02:48 pm

Many years ago when I used to teach engineering at university I had a passing interest in...

Developing Teacher Confidence Part II – Identifying areas of development
17 Aug 05:48 pm

As discussed in a previous newsletter on Building Teacher Confidence and Intrinsic Motivation the first step to...

Developing a Culture of Learning – Building Resilience
15 Aug 12:00 pm

It has been a couple of months since I last wrote in the blog but that is...

Building Teacher Confidence and Intrinsic Motivation
25 Jun 08:50 am

Discovering the WHY I am constantly inspired by the greatness of teachers and why they became teachers...

Thinking Science and the importance of critical thinking
21 Jun 08:26 am

Rachel Grieve in her article recently in The Conversation discussed the importance of spreading the scientific thinking...

Teacher talk: the missing link « The Learning Spy
20 May 09:54 am

See on Scoop.it – Creating a Staff Performance Culture “Teachers absolutely must talk if students are actually going to...

Moving from a Deficit to a Developmental Mindset
14 May 05:05 pm

Deficit (noun): Inadequacy or insufficiency, an unfavourable condition or position, to be lacking or a shortage. From...

Performance and the Fundamental Way of Being
11 Mar 12:42 pm

“You cannot have performance breakthroughs without cognitive dissonance … in other words … challenging what you think...

Bullied Children Can Suffer Lasting Psychological Harm as Adults
22 Feb 09:34 am

A study by Duke Medicine published recently by JAMA Psychiatry has pointed to the long term psychological effects...

Avoiding Shotgun Learning
31 Jan 02:51 pm

Quite often, developing powerful and meaningful key understandings is an area that teachers struggle with as they...

Team Teaching and Project-Based Learning
23 Jan 02:54 pm

I thought I would write a short note to congratulate and highlight the performance of one school...

Back into it for 2013
21 Jan 01:29 pm

As many of you who read this blog know it is the week before the school year...

A Context for Staff Performance Framework
14 Nov 05:14 pm

I have been in a range of conversations with teachers and school leadership teams lately discussing the...

Scaffolding Student Accountability
12 Nov 04:30 pm

A conversation I have been having with teachers I have been working with for the past 6 months...

The Mathematics of Writing
31 Oct 07:11 pm

Today I have a guest post, mainly because I liked this post soooo much that I had...

Is Ability Grouping or Streaming Effective?
12 Oct 12:56 pm

We have been approached by a number of teachers over the past few months to discuss the...

Teacher Performance Framework Part II
21 Sep 01:58 pm

In the previous blog post I shared that we need to develop new measurement and teacher development approaches...

Teacher Performance Frameworks
15 Sep 04:22 pm

Most frameworks being used to measure teacher performance are flawed. So what could be some authentic ways...

Structures of Accountability
15 Sep 04:02 pm

“Can you consistently perform if you are not accountable for your own performance?”

“Only 10 more weeks….” Stress Less: Work Smarter, NOT harder.
18 Jul 10:00 am

Cathryn Stephens – Lead Educational Designer, Intuyu Consulting The start of a new term brings with it...

Success Criteria -the Missing Link in the Learning Partnership?
5 Jun 02:18 pm

Most of the teachers I work with, in schools all over Australia, have for some time included...

Deliberate Practice and Skill Development
9 May 12:12 pm

One of the clear facets of the Australian Curriculum is the requirement for teachers to explicitly develop...

Great Expectations: Coaching for Change in Schools
14 Mar 10:43 am

The most challenging, rewarding work we do in schools happens when we have the opportunity to build...

Resources Issue
9 Mar 05:21 pm

For those of you in the wider world who don’t get a chance to catch all of...

The Path to 21st Century Learning can be Challenging!
19 Feb 02:09 pm

For those of you who are new to this blog, we spend a lot of time working...

Opinions, Beliefs and the Importance of Context
9 Feb 03:11 pm

The following is an except from my book Exceptional that will be published later this year. For those...

A Teacher’s Story
9 Nov 12:49 pm

I was at a teacher’s conference recently and I heard Helen Smith of Mater Christi College in...

Building High Performance Schools – Structures and Non-Negotiables
20 Oct 11:48 am

This past week of visiting a range of schools has reinforced my perception about the critical importance...

Growth Mindset and School Cultural Change
15 Sep 11:36 am

Recently I wrote a  reply to a school who was asking me about Growth mindsets as a...

Harry Potter and the Power of Imagination
14 Jul 11:06 am

If you haven’t been living under a dragon, you’ll know that the beloved Harry Potter film franchise...

Facebook: ‘Friend’ or foe?
18 Jun 09:45 am

Can the social networking giant be a platform for learning; or is it just a virtual ghetto...

Building a High Performance School – Communication and Barriers
14 Jun 01:41 pm

As long time readers of our blog will know I am working with a number of schools...

Going Micro: meaningful microblogging in the classroom
10 Jun 10:44 am

One of the key challenges in any classroom is to have our students express their ideas in...

What house do you live in?
19 May 06:15 pm

It might seem odd to begin a blog post with this title but hopefully you will find...

How schools can thrive in an era of rapid change
3 May 05:19 pm

In this week’s blog I am exploring two areas impacted by the shift into an era of...

Skype Launches a Dedicated Network for Teachers
31 Mar 02:05 pm

This was reported on Mashable today and I thought it was worth sending out to this blogs...

Preparing a school for 21st Century Learning
24 Mar 03:08 pm

I recently had an email conversation with a friend of mine in the USA who asked me...

Fabulous Software for Developing Science and Maths Skills
9 Mar 10:50 am

Some of you know that I was an Engineer by education. I love my science and maths...

Developing 21st Century School Leadership
4 Mar 05:27 pm

I have realised over the past 6 months how few schools are actually clear about what their...

Web Resources for teachers, students and communities
22 Feb 11:35 am

As we forge our way deeper into the Information Age we’ll actually have more and more online...

From Age to Age – the effects of the shift in educational paradigms
8 Feb 11:24 am

It is currently a frustrating and challenging time in education. It seems as if teachers and educators...

Four stages to Insight
28 Oct 10:33 am

Have you ever had an “ah-ha” moment? Archimedes did, apparently, when he stepped into his bath and...

7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers
19 Oct 09:57 am

I thought I would do a very quick posting this week and point you to a range...

How High Schools become Exemplary
7 Oct 12:51 pm

I just finished scanning through a fascinating report that I think is worthwhile reading by Secondary School...

Update from 2010 July NSW Education Conference
6 Oct 03:14 pm

You may remember I shared briefly in the last blog post (which was August!) that I had...

The World is Open
3 Aug 12:24 pm

I promised a week ago to point to a range of useful websites that one of the...

Eight Key School Design Recommendations
28 Jul 10:19 am

Recently in preparing to talk at the NSW Department of Education and Training Conference I thought about...

Student Engagement
20 Jul 12:18 pm

What gets students engaged in a topic? It is a constant question that many educational consultants get...

One Week to Change One Billion Lives
20 Jul 11:55 am

His name is David Dixon. Her name is Chantelle Baxter. They are 25 years olds and co-founders...

Ideas, Presentations and Fabulous Students
2 Jul 03:47 pm

It is the mid year school holidays and I finally have the chance after a week to...

Wordle and Xtranormal
9 Jun 11:32 am

I love new ideas and technology! Given how quickly the world is changing I thought I give...

Safety, Connection, Learning and Inquiry
1 Jun 01:15 pm

I just returned from running workshops in Queensland and the group of teachers and I had a...

Formative Rubrics – a great approach to developing skills
10 May 11:40 am

Rubric (noun): “perscribed guide for conduct or action” One of the most significant challenges that teachers are...

Leadership and Learning: Part 2
12 Mar 05:36 pm

In last week’s blog we begun a discussion about developing leadership whilst student’s are learning. This week...

Leadership and Learning: Part 1
28 Feb 09:56 pm

It is interesting when you start reading out of your field how many interesting ideas one discovers...

Practices. Practices!
19 Feb 03:12 pm

I have had an interesting time this week as I went and visited a range of schools...

Templates, De-Schooling Society and the Future
10 Feb 12:02 pm

This week I thought I’d make a short entry but one that could be really useful for...

Freakonomics and My School
4 Feb 11:21 am

I like to write thought provoking blogs that create discussion and comments … much like the government...

Concrete Learning
28 Jan 01:02 pm

I had a fascinating conversation yesterday whilst I was at Rowellyn Park Primary coaching Grade 5 and...

Perceptions and Environment
8 Jan 12:17 pm

Welcome to 2010 and the start of a whole new year of learning and discovery! Over the...

Social Media Revolution – Luddite or Innovator?
15 Dec 11:48 am

I was having a conversation last week with a teacher about the change that has occured (and...

Skills for the 21st Century: Puzzles vs Mysteries
7 Dec 02:32 pm

I have just been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book “What the Dog Saw” (Allen Lane 2009) and...

Welcome to the Intuyu Consulting!
13 Aug 02:44 pm

Welcome to Intuyu Consulting: Empowering 21st Century Learning. This blog is designed to enlighten, to give ideas,...