Over the school holiday break I came across, for the first time, Steven Covey’s Big Rocks analogy. Put simply this analogy explains how our lives are made up of big rocks, pebbles and sand. Big rocks are the really important aspects of our lives, the pebbles are also important but less so and the sand … More Big Rocks.
The dawn of every new term brings the prospect of new challenges and new opportunities and, as we look forward to Term 4 of our first year, the opportunities that lie before us are not only relate to the rest of this year but are also linked to preparing for 2018 and the challenges of … More Be Brave, Be Kind.
It is the first day of the school holidays, it is a beautiful sunny Canterbury day and Langhorne Slim is the music of choice. It is a nice day to be in at school, it is quiet and almost tranquil. A great day to catch up on the numerous jobs that don’t quite get finished … More Learner Invasion.
Over the course of this year we have selected a small number of art works [in some cases the term ‘art’ can only be used in the most general sense] that we have framed and hung around the school because we believe that they either indicate an important aspect/event in our history or because they … More Art For a Purpose.
There is always a danger about referencing any external perspective as it could be perceived that you totally endorse all that is said or written. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this Ted Talk but I do find it refreshingly straight forward, clear and lucid. It is American but still it provides a very … More The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools.
Recently I was involved in a conversation about what success actually physically looks like. We are used to measuring success by figures and graphs and quantitative data but we are coming to realize that it has another dimension that is also important. This is the more qualitative dimension where success is a more abstract … More What Does Success Look Like?
As part of the ongoing self and systems review and reflection that we go through here at Rolleston College we have recently tested how we are going at providing a learner centred learning environment. Being learner centred is a concept that we mention often and spend time discussing so it was natural to reflect on … More Reviewing a Learner Centred Approach.
Reflection and review is a key part of any modern school. At times, it seems that schools are in a constant state of self review. We are no different. One area that is often reviewed is that of teacher positioning and attitudes. Increasingly this has included looking at the various personality types that exist within … More Belief Systems.
It was great to see so many members of our community support our first fete recently, even the weather co-operated. It was a wonderful event and, as a college, we genuinely appreciate and thank everyone from the Rolleston community who assisted us in so many ways to ensure that this day was a success. What … More But Is It Learning?
Last week I used my spot in our fortnightly newsletter to speak about my concerns regarding the levels of hurt felt by many of our young people across New Zealand, a hurt that, in its most extreme cases, can lead to suicide. It was not a comfortable experience writing that article, nor was it … More Concerns.