Closed loop classrooms – Tom’s Restaurant vs. Scotty’s Diner

Closed loop classrooms – Tom’s Restaurant vs. Scotty’s Diner A couple of questions have been tormenting me for a few weeks now, regarding teachers and leaders for whom things on the surface seem to be going well. We all know that there are teachers out there who seem to make things look easy. Their classes…

Leadership books you may have missed in 2014

Leadership books you might have missed in 2014 Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a sucker for a good list, and the New Year’s period always provides some worthy list fodder such as Top 5 Movies of 2014, Top social media fails of 2014 and other such nonsense. So I thought…

You should read this if you are leading change

Switch – Chip and Dan Heath Chip and Dan Heaths excellent ‘Made to Stick’ has already been reviewed here, now their next major book, ‘Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard’ is a standout read in the ever growing canon of change management books. Drawing from a wide array of research in psychology…

You should read this if you want to become a true instructional leader

Leverage Leadership Paul Bambrick-Santoyo Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is managing director of the high performing North Star Academies in the US and an instructional leader to be admired. He is also the author of Leverage Leadership, a practical, hands on guide to leading school improvement, which demonstrates clearly and decisively the actions school leaders should be taking to…

On the humanity of leadership and legacies

On the humanity of leadership and legacies Recently the foundation Principal of my school Mill Park Secondary College, Adrian Bennetto passed away at the age of 74. I was tasked with writing the notice for our College newsletter. Opening in 1992, I count myself lucky to have been one of the original cohort of students…

You should read this if you want double the capacity of your team

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter – Liz Wiseman with Greg McKeown Across your career in teaching, there have probably been school leaders that you have loved working with and others that you have loathed working for. With some leaders you will have felt smarter, valued, supported, challenged and loved your work while…

You should read this if you want to make better decisions

Decisive – How to make better choices in life and work Chip and Dan Heath Leading a school is complex, and the multiple decision making choices we are faced with are no less so. In the same day we may have to make a strategic decision like which teacher to hire on an ongoing basis,…

You should read this is you want to sharpen your skills as a classroom teacher

Teach Like a Champion – 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College Doug Lemov Doug Lemov has fast become a leading name in educational practice. His instant classic ‘Teach Like a champion’ provides teachers and school leaders with over 40 simple, yet highly effective strategies that can be incorporated into any classroom,…

Top 5 Short Reads for Educational Leaders

You Should Read This Top 5 Short Reads for Educational Leaders We all know that teachers and principals are constantly pressed for time. We also know that a 300 or 400 page tome on leadership such as Jim Collins ‘Good to Great’ may not make everyone’s nightstand. The allocation of teacher work time is one…

Top 5 books for aspiring educational leaders

Top 5 books for aspiring educational leaders Who can resist a top 5 list? Well certainly not me. Here’s a top 5 list of books for aspiring leaders in education. If you are at the stage of your teaching career, where you are considering applying for responsibility positions or leadership positions, there are far worse…

You should read this if you want to lead but don’t have a title

Seth Godin Tribes True leaders don’t need a title, and true leaders don’t wait to be asked to lead are just two of the key messages which shine through in ‘Tribes’ by Seth Godin. Seth Godin is a force of nature. Author, blogger, marketer, theorist, entrepreneur, ideas man… the list goes on. ‘Tribes’ is one…

You should read this if you want to make a lasting impression

Made to Stick Chip and Dan Heath Have you ever struggled to make your ideas stick? Have you ever taught your students concepts which they have promptly forgotten? Watched your staff nod in agreement during a meeting, only to watch them continue to act and behave the same old way? Well, help is at hand…