03 May 2021

What is the purpose of school? Guy Claxton and Kath Murdoch

Kath asked Guy the following question: What is the purpose of school in 2021?
School should be a well-designed set of gears, and the most important gear is the purpose.
We are supporting parents in preparing students for life. So, what do students need to know, to do, and to be like to flourish now and in the future?
Education has multiple components in terms of knowledge, competence and character.

What do we think ALL of our kids are likely to need to flourish? 

A learning framework

Dispositions underpin success in life more - curiosity, determination, are like a big fish at the bottom of the river. Keep an eye on the bottom of the river.  Look at the whole of what's going on.

23 March 2021

Writing introductions and conclusions - AUT Workshop


Move 1: State research field
Move 2: Establish niche
Move 3: Occupy niche

My attempt at rewriting the introduction:
A central issue in educational leadership is communication. Communication is regarded as an essential leadership skill. Relatively few studies focus on listening as a key communication skill. The objective of this study is to examine the ways in which listening improves the leadership practice of Cook Island leaders in New Zealand primary schools.


Move 1: Summarise findings
Move 2: Identify implications
Move 3: Suggest further research

02 March 2021

Academic Writing - AUT Workshop

This evening, I participated in the Academic Writing - AUT workshop. I've been studying at the tertiary level for 25 years and have been told on many occasions that I am a good writer. For the most part, I enjoy writing and find it easy to discuss dialogue, debate topics - I think this is because I am a really good talker (I talk lots!). However, in my recent task for MEdLead thesis I found it incredibly difficult to keep to my wordcount (wrote too much) and found it challenging getting to the point (the longest sentences you ever did meet!). Hence, after 25 years of studying, I decided to go back to the basics.

I really enjoyed the workshop and appreciated that part of why I. need to work on is planning out what I am going to say, before actually putting pen to paper. I enjoyed this so much, I'm heading back for the reading workshop next week.


19 February 2021

Writing Literature review sections - AUT workshop


What have been the important ideas? 
  • Many definitions/types of listening
  • There is limited literature on listening in education
  • So many aspects - listening, leadership, communication, Cook Island leaders.
What is important to know?
As few researchers have addressed listening as a leadership skill, this theses aims to examine the ways in which listening can improve the leadership practice of Cook Island leaders in New Zealand primary schools.

What is your research topic?
Improving leadership practice through ‘listening’: The perspective of Cook Island leaders in New Zealand primary schools.

What is your research needed, relevant and important?
We understand communication to be an important leadership skill, however, this generally means we believe that leaders must articulate ideas clearly. This research aims to unpack the role of listening as a key communication skill and listen to the perspective of Cook Island leaders.

There was a brilliant resource shared, http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/ that I know will be useful for my upcoming writing of my theses chapters.

We need to paraphrase literature in our own words without changing the meaning!

16 February 2021

Getting started with writing - AUT workshop


  • Use a prompt
  • Take 5-7 minutes for the free writing warm-up
  • The pen does not leave paper, fingers do not leave the keyboard
  • Keep asking yourself "What else is there?", "What else is there?" and keep going.
  • Write about your blank and often a thought comes to mind
  • Identify concepts and examples (We wrote about how social media can be used as learning tool in universities in my free-writing I wrote e.g. platforms - instagram, tiktok, facebook and twitter)
  • Listing concepts in free writing
  • Group ideas/concepts