Monday, November 7, 2011


A couple of weeks ago Linda and I attended a seminar hosted by the Dalai Lama Centre with Margaret Wheatley, a highly regarded organizational theorist and leadership consultant. Her recent book is entitled - Perseverance - Leadership in Turbulent Times. The topic definitely seemed timely. She framed her comments around a metaphor drawn from a Hopi prophesy that essentially says that in the presence of a fast flowing river, the people who are clinging onto the shore will be ripped apart whereas those who move into the river, keep their heads above water, keep their toes pointed downstream and look out for those with them will persevere. Take a look at this YouTube clip on Perseverance. It is a great time for all of us to think about how we support the ones around us and the ways in which we are moving ahead in support of all our learners - no matter what.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lansdowne Middle School - Hooks Readers

Last year the NPBS team at Lansdowne Middle School in Victoria developed a unique approach to hooking kids on reading by having them develop on-line book flyers. Check out the wiki created by librarian Jane Spies to see what the learners had to say about this engaging experience. Thanks to the team at Lansdowne for sharing this strategy.