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Crucial nature of play

January 22, 2017


Selected reference

Whitebread, D. (2012). The importance of play. Retrieved January 21, 2017

Suggested reference

Ewing, R. (2010). The arts and Australian education: Realising potential. Camberwell, Vic: Australian Council for Educational Research.





Helping others see

January 15, 2017


Selected reference

Erwin, K. (2014). Communicating the new: Methods to shape and accelerate innovationHoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



Credulous creatures

January 8, 2017



Selected reference

Gilbert, D.T. (1991). How mental systems believe. American Psychologist, 46(2). Retrieved on January 8, 2017

Suggested reference

Gilbert, D.T. (2007). Stumbling on happiness. London: HarperCollins.

new year’s tale

January 1, 2017


As with any end-of-year contemplation, the start point is brought to mind.

I recall that there is a recurrent pattern to the way I chase parrots from our Santa Rosa plum tree,
continue mulching bare spots in garden beds, and tend to fertiliser beneath the citrus trees:
  • one navel orange with leaf curl from last week’s scorching easterly;
  • a Eureka lemon which has grown straggly in the reach for its window of morning sun;
  •  and this semi-petrified kaffir lime in a pot on the terrace –
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– which has been outstripped by ornamental pears and tends towards a bonsai form.
So, from the outset, I acknowledge the cyclic nature of any garden enterprise. Much like life.
Daughter 1 has been home for the school holiday break since her birthday, renews her first-year-as-a-teacher depleted reserves with shopping, coffee sessions and meals with friends from the city; she notices changes in the landscape which regular exposure means I have come to accommodate.
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With an extra person on board, washing and bread-baking have become daily rituals…
And the books beside our blue sofa shuffle between to-be-read/reading/finished piles:

Relieving the sense of queasiness

December 18, 2016

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Selected reference

Elmore, R.F. (2016). ‘‘Getting to scale…’’ it seemed like a good idea at the time. Journal of Educational Change, 17(4), 529-537.

Pitfalls & challenge

December 11, 2016

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Selected reference

Turnbull, C.M. (2016). A history of modern singapore 1819-2005. Singapore: NUS Press.

how does humility manifest?

November 29, 2016
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Selected reference

Covey, M.R. (2006). The Speed Of Trust: the One Thing That Changes EverythingUK: Pocket Books.

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