Managing the unexpected Drama class

The last few months I have been working as a freelance artists teaching in all types of places all over the world. On my travels I have encountered some rather unexpected circumstances, ones where I had been told one thing in advance, but encountered another. The other day I was recounting some of these events to a friend and she said "You must write this down, people will want to know how you did it!". So, this blog will explain ...

Leadership in Global Change

OSC are thrilled to be managing a wonderful new summer school opportunity in Oxford for 16-18 year olds. The Leadership in Global Change Summer School has been developed by innovative Environment and Geography teachers in collaboration with academics from the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University (www.eci.ox.ac.uk).     Whether in business, politics, education, academia, food production, healthcare or elsewhere, future leaders face a rapidly changing and complex world. Our ‘Leadership in Global Change’ summer school provides an unbeatable opportunity to gain a new understanding of the critical issues that face ...

Leadership emotions

Over the centuries and into the modern day, writers and commentators have argued over whether good leaders are born or made, and whether physical skills and traits are more important than intelligence and personality. What is perhaps strange is that it is so difficult to isolate and categorise the key features of leadership and to identify the traits that make for good leaders. Writers on leadership seek the essence of leadership and whether it is possible to identify the characteristics ...

a recipe for success in service projects

What are the ingredients of a good service activity? Is there a recipe for concocting a successful service project? Rosemary Owens, Assistant Principal for Curriculum, at Freedom High School (Tampa, Florida) believes that there is. Based on ideas and experience derived from the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2009, Owens serves up a list of very helpful steps to prepare a project for service learning, and learning from service. Her recipe for success indicates the essential ingredients that are common to any successful project viz. planning, commitment, ...

“ideals and ideas”

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I’d been invited to prepare a presentation on service learning to my school’s leadership team. We were discussing a proposal to make community service an ‘expectation’ for all graduating seniors. It was 1996, the pre power-point era, and my supporting visuals were slides for an OHP. For digital natives - that’s an Over Head Projector. As I entered the conference room the Head of Science slipped me a newspaper clipping. “You gotta read this,” he said, “it will help your argument!” I did ...

Another CEO stands on the burning deck and ‘does a Ratner’?

CEOs have an unfortunate track record for making impulsive statements, which negatively affect the market standing of the businesses they oversee. Some are unfortunate off-the-cuff comments, whereas others are more considered, but equally damaging. One the most infamous, crass and damaging statements came from Gerald Ratner back in 1991, when addressing the UK Institute of Directors. He joked that his Ratner's UK High Street chain "sold a pair of earrings for under a pound, which is cheaper than a prawn sandwich from ...

Ethnography, leadership & social action

photo As May session schools begin to gear up for a new academic year, teachers may be concerned with how they will meet all of the goals laid out in the subject guide. While this is important, I also encourage teachers to think about how their courses not only fulfill the subject guide, but also simultaneously address the IB mission and the broader goals of helping students to learn about leadership and world peace. One resource that might help you to accomplish ...

Communities of Trust

I've recently read an excerpt from this book: In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization by Deborah Meier. The excerpt I read, Chapter Four, was for a course I'm taking as part of my graduate studies. Chapter Four is about teachers trusting teachers. I loved it, and I daresay I'm intrigued to read more of this book (I've added it to my ever-growing wish list!). In this chapter, Meier talks about the different ...

On Being ‘Nice’

Students are very clear on leadership style: autocratic management is ‘bad’, democratic management is ‘good’ and laissez faire is ‘OK’. If a leader is an autocratic, he or she needs to become nicer and one way is training  ... instantaneous ‘niceness’ and all the organisation’s problems are solved. This may sound flippant, but it is a fair synopsis of large numbers of responses to examination questions on motivation and leadership. Of course, leadership style translates into corporate culture. So is a ...