Give Hope the Keys

"And what other profession needs hope the way teaching does? Hope is the reason so many of us stay in the profession. What’s more, hope can’t – and shouldn’t be – a neutral act. It’s a flashlight we point in the direction we’d like to take ourselves…

Nomanisan

This piece, Silicon Valley Courts Brand Name Teachers should be no real surprise to anyone who's been in education in the last decade. It focuses in on a few teachers who are creating powerful personal brands, to lead change in their classrooms, to integrate digital technology, innovative thinking and social…

Down Lexington Street...

In 1999 - I had the privilege of being part of Underworld’s road crew, on their Beaucoup Fish tour. I worked as a projectionist for the first 3 weeks, but in April they asked me to come out to the US - and mix the show visuals. They asked…

manifesting roads

This is the manifesto that's just been released by the ITP - boldly titled: New Zealand's Digital Future The word origin for manifesto is “manifest” - from the Italian. The definition of ‘manifest’ is: readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain After reading through the…

On bike parks, Pukeahu and Yom Hashoah

Over the weekend we took the girls to Avalon Park. It’s got an old school bike park, with the mini roads painted out with proper signage, roundabouts and intersections. It was designed and built I assume to help children learn and practise road safety. The local mini-train enthusiasts run…

we choose

The Green Party announcement that they will create a plan for universal te reo Māori in public schools has naturally generated a lot of reaction across the New Zealand media, both mainstream and social. Don Rowe's piece in the Spinoff is an excellent response to the mostly negative commentary. Rodney…

see i made a space for you now

It's been an incredible 48 hours, watching what's happened across the USA, as thousands have turned out to defy and protest against Donald Trump's executive order to ban citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the USA. There was chaos that ensued, and arguably there is a constitutional crisis…

deliberate discretion

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion” - Thomas Jefferson…

doing better, being badass

It seems appropriate that these words I shared just over a week ago, are now made more poignant by the passing of Carrie Fisher. Not just because that post used the title of the film in which she seared herself upon our cultural memories, but because of all that she…

a new hope

My opening and closing remarks from the final assembly of 2016 at Thorndon School. Opening: Hey! I'm not giving up today There's nothing getting in my way And if you knock knock me over I will get back up again If something goes a little wrong Well you can go…