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Crucial nature of play

January 22, 2017

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Whitebread, D. (2012). The importance of play. Retrieved January 21, 2017 http://www.importanceofplay.eu/IMG/pdf/dr_david_whitebread_-_the_importance_of_play.pdf

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

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Selected reference

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

 

 

Credulous creatures

January 8, 2017

 

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Selected reference

Gilbert, D.T. (1991). How mental systems believe. American Psychologist, 46(2). Retrieved on January 8, 2017 http://www.danielgilbert.com/Gillbert%20(How%20Mental%20Systems%20Believe).PDF

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,
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continue mulching bare spots in garden beds, and tend to fertiliser beneath the citrus trees:
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  • 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…
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And the books beside our blue sofa shuffle between to-be-read/reading/finished piles:
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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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