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November 2, 2013

Our mornings this week have been soundscaped by Aaron Martin’s sonorous cello lament. Gorgeous.

Juxtapose with

  • daily toandfro truck-duelling via Great Northern Highway,
  • coaching instructional strategies, sharing conversations, planning and resources with colleagues,
  • reflecting in preparation for performance management review,
  • continuing analysis of The Truman Show with Year 10s entering their final exam zone.

Here’s the notemaking tool we’ve been using in class:

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”; title=”Truman show.notemaking” target=”_blank”>Truman show.notemaking</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Sam Boswell</a></strong> </div>

Yes, there were values clarification lineups, provocative questions, role plays, character composites and group interviews. Exam pressures honed our focus, though, and so to discussion questions:

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”; title=”Truman Show discussion questions” target=”_blank”>Truman Show discussion questions</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Sam Boswell</a></strong> </div>

Attendant insights came Twitter sourced/ shared (though Feedly is emerging as another dependable stream):

Since my fluctuating feelings were exposed in Flickr uploads (note, time spent at the park and in my garden. Bike rides too difficult to catalogue), the essence became distilled in this composite slide (now jpg):

Whole school renewal

Street art is courtesy of Highgate dry cleaners. Macabre imagery, but strangely comforting, too. Especially in light of a panel nearby:


Glorious, isn’t she? Apt, too. Waves and washboards.

Selected references

Beatty, B. (2007). Going through the emotions: Leadership that gets to the heart of school renewal. Australian Journal of Education, 51(3), p. 328. Retrieved October 7, 2013 from

Fullan, M. (2013). The new pedagogy: Students and teachers as learning partners. Retrieved November 2, 2013 from

Hargreaves, A. & Braun, H. (2013). Data-driven improvement and accountability. Boston College: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved October 24, 2013 from Scribd

Hargreaves, A. & Harris, A. (2011). Performance beyond expectations. National College for School Leadership. Retrieved October 28, 2013 from

Sharratt, L. & Fullan, M. (2013). Capture the human side of learning: Data makeover puts students front and center. Retrieved October 31, 2013 from Learning Forward

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