Category: Executive Essentials

Can teachers ever have a work-life balance?

By , Wednesday, 6th July, 2016

Teaching is stressful, but it’s not unprofessional to have a life.


The Decisive Element

By , Thursday, 14th April, 2016

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanised or de-humanised. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

Haim Ginott, from the book Teacher and Child.

Behaviour Management

By , Tuesday, 14th April, 2015

‘There are no difficult students – just students who don’t want to do it your way’.

– Jane Revell & Susan Norman


By , Wednesday, 19th May, 2010

Whatever happened to leadership?

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So Simple

By , Monday, 12th April, 2010

What a way to keep your desk clean and tidy….and stop losing those cords behind the desk.

Leadership is

By , Saturday, 10th April, 2010

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well, and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” – Jim Rohn

The Backpack Shield

By , Wednesday, 17th October, 2007

I was reading the Top ten gadgets every designer SHOULD live without, and thought I hope I don’t ever end up teaching in the type of community that needs these Backpack Shields in their bag:


As this report says:

Designed for “college students, high school students, concerned parents, and commuters”, I’d seriously consider moving to a better neighbourhood if buying this kevlar re-inforced backpack, capable of stopping a .44 Magnum bullet, seems like a sound investment.

The manufacturer reminds us that “It’s a major survival advantage versus not having any protection at all and being shot with a couple of 9 mm/44 Magnum rounds.” – Somehow that’s never been particularly high on my list of criteria when I go backpack shopping – until now.


Tie a tie

By , Saturday, 18th August, 2007


Having started a new position at a new (to me) school, I quickly discovered the dress code for the male executives was formal. This didn’t bother me, as I had been wearing shirt and tie at my previous school for a number of years. But it did get me thinking, that I should probably learn some more ways to tie a tie. Of course a quick search got me the results I needed. After all, I didn’t want instructions like these. 🙂

tie_instructions has a site, though it’s not overly pretty.

Then there’s the site which has good, clear pictures and instructions:

Then, there’s also the video download sites. Now I haven’t downloaded these (you do need to purchase them), but they do have a clear picture of what the knot should look like when finished:

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