Self-licking lollipops

“It sounds like a big self-licking lollipop” “What?” “A self-licking lollipop” “What on earth are you talking about?” I was talking to my brother over my Christmas break about my work and the world of international education.   After patiently listening for some time, his paraphrasing went something like this: “So…rich folk pay to send theirContinue reading “Self-licking lollipops”

To be noticed is to be loved

“To be noticed is to be loved.” ― Ali Smith, There but for the It starts with a belief system I believe that making children feel noticed is arguably the most important thing that we can do in schools.   Why?  Because my belief system is this: Noticing is the root of belonging.  And belonging is,Continue reading “To be noticed is to be loved”

Kerbstones, laminators, and staple guns

In preparation for our recent CIS and WASC (joint) preparatory evaluation visitors, I felt our school adopted a “just right” Goldilocks approach to proceedings – a lot of hard work, paced calmly and thoughtfully by a core team who distributed much of the preparatory work in a meaningful and purposeful way with a high degreeContinue reading “Kerbstones, laminators, and staple guns”

Kids these days

This week I overheard an expression I hadn’t heard before…where one lady was talking to another about the ‘strawberry’ generation. I was at the supermarket so I naturally assumed that something that was afoot in the fruit and vegetable aisle. Alas, no. A diatribe of derogatory comments followed about how soft, selfish, and delicate theContinue reading “Kids these days”

Why are you (not) picking on me?

The special ones Recently, I was asked to nominate a student to support a high profile event. Even at short notice she absolutely crushed it. I knew she would. She deserved the feedback and accolades she received afterwards…they said she was inspiring, articulate, responsive, and confident. Honestly, if humanity manages to save itself from itself,Continue reading “Why are you (not) picking on me?”