GemBook #1

A few gems from my week at end of April “Cherish, conserve, consider, create.” – Lou Harrison Some curious elders – Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones “The older I get,The less I feelThe needTo be includedUnderstoodOr accepted.” “Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.” In learning, look at tasks, not topics. “If I’d asked the people what they wanted I would have built a faster horse.” – Henry Ford Dress better than the audience. “I think communication is so firsbern.” – Steve Martin


Couldn’t help myself creating this little zine about our visit to Jurassic World. Anything to brighten the day of my grandchildren – anyone really. I know I’m the world’s worst illustrator and designer – I normally just steal from others – but sent it to the little fella in the mail and I’ll bet he takes it to school to show his teacher. That’s thing about experimenting, you never know where it may end up. And if you are motivated to help others and add joy to their life, then it generates a trail of good wishes.

Speech Competition Coaching

Does your child have an upcoming speech that may need some support? Are they entering a competition that needs some finessing? Well, first, congratulations to them for putting their hat in the arena! What a brave decision to stand in front of peers and judges and to share your views and thoughts. Bravo. Speechmaking is an important skill that makes a huge difference to everybody’s career, and if this skill is mastered at school, then success in their career is well assured. Every job, every workplace is full of people that would rather not speak in front of others, so

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12 Types of Humour

The art of the tip sheet really helps with understanding. To be able to summarise all the necessary information into a one-pager saves time – certainly in comparison to watching videos, reading long-form text and wading through pages of distractions and irritations. Here’s my latest info sheet – all about my favourite topic – humour.

Tip Sheets Are the Go

Creating simple tip sheets that capture the key information and ideas for a project is still as simple a support material as you need – even in this digital age.

Fly the Feedback Flag

Would you take feedback from someone you don’t respect? Probably not. Just like you wouldn’t take advice from anyone who doesn’t have the credibility to be respected. So those who provide a view about your performance, your actions, your intent, had better be well-regarded by me to take any notice. Otherwise it’s so hard to acknowledge your contribution. I don’t feel so blinded and lacking in self-awareness that I’ll still probably listen to the advice to see if it might apply – but generally you had better be qualified in what you advising. Otherwise, I couldn’t really be less interested

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Tech Tools Teachers Can’t Live Without

…. in this remote and virtual world We asked a range of teachers “Which bit of software do you absolutely need to help you with remote teaching?” They’re top ten plus one answers were: Zoom – for video/voice face to face group calls 2. Storyboard – create visual boards for telling a story 3. Edpuzzle – lesson creating based on videos 4. Peardeck – use to create interactive lessons 5. Jamboard – interactive whiteboard system 6. Kami – applies interactivity to a document 7. Google Classroom – file sharing app for assignment sharing 8. Quizizz – gamified quiz maker 9.

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It is often identified as a characteristic of personal success to have a set routine each day, or even for each week (Monday is washing day, Tuesday is cleaning day). This creates momentum and ensures good things happen. Workers, sportspeople, entrepreneurs, business people are all said to go through their routine and this contributes to their success in whatever arena they put themselves. The daily routine can however be stifling. A worker who goes through their morning, afternoon and evening routine is often set in their way and while this M.O will get the job done – efficiently – it

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Fridays are Planning Days

The To-Do list is my favourite way of ensuring momentum is maintained each day. Things occur to me during the day and overnight, in the shower, and they need to be jotted down. It’s amazing how this creates such energy during the day – being able to tick off jobs done; tasks completed. I even do it for weekends and days’ off. The next level is to plan a week in advance. And I normally do that on a Friday afternoon. It clears the mind for the weekend and gives me a flying start on Mondays. After all, Friday afternoons

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Breaking the Rules

Every morning I go on a walk around our neighbourhood and the weekly bin day often throws up some interesting sights. Such a minor change to the landscape, but it’s a weekly event that’s always fraught. Often because people break the rules. But nothing wrong with these rules being broken, is there? Of course not. The bins get emptied (or they don’t) and there’s no victim here. I’ve often been restrained in the workplace because of rules and unwritten laws. More recently my impulses have taken over and I’ve started break these rules. I haven’t been breaking laws, or compliance

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Kraftwerk Radioactivity

Not sure what attracted this five-year-old to spend some time gazing at this Kraftwerk poster – but he did. Tracing the lines in and out from the centre to the edge and following the patterns forever. Bit like Kraftwerk themselves – mesmerising and absorbing. I gave this he five-year-old the poster when we met up in a park playing in the outdoors. Despite the park being a new play area, the poster took priority for a while. To make sense of the patterns of life is a primary desire and this desire is not always apparent. When the patterns are

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