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The three brains and a whole system approach

“Our current knowledge is that we have three brains: there is of course the massive brain in our head; then there is a small brain in our heart, and another in our gut. The last two are comparatively much smaller but they are fully autonomous nervous systems nonetheless”, Frédéric Laloux writes in his book Reinventing…
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Wholeness

As Teal School has wholeness on our minds for this month, I found myself rewatching Brené Brown’s talk on Vulnerability (find it on Netflix). Showing up whole and playing full out means we make ourselves vulnerable in front of others. The list on the right in the picture shows what happens when we share our…
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Standardised Education and Lifelong Learning, an Oxymoron

Are you curious about the standardised movement? Perhaps you are a teacher affected by the standardised movement, maybe you have experienced its grip on how we ‘help’ learners learn through a standardised approach? Or maybe you are new to teaching and think this is the norm? In this blog I would like to place standardised…
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From hierarchy to Holacracy

Holacracy for schools

Last week we wrote an article about Holacracy, which you can read here. But what would adopting Holacracy mean for a school in particular? A school adopting Holacracy as a structural system within which organisations get things done I believe will find itself relieved of the many, many tensions it experiences in all its structural…
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Holacracy

What is Holacracy?

Holacracy is a new social technology for governing and operating an organisation, defined by a set of core rules distinctly different from those of a conventional governed organisation. Holacracy includes the following elements: A constitution which sets out the  “rules of the game” and redistributes authority A new way to structure an organisation and define…
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Working hard at Holacracy course

Holacracy training in Amsterdam

I have had four and a half intense days of training with a team of international learners from the Philippines, Vietnam, Netherlands, Germany, England, Prague, Belgium and Georgia. Some have been practising Holacracy in their organisations for the last two years. There have been many stories related to the challenges this new approach brings to organising…
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Classroom in the 30's-40's

“Make School more boring and difficult for Students”

This is an English translation of the article “Gör skolan tråkigare och jobbigare för eleverna”. It was with a degree of disappointment and sadness that we read the words of both Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren’s and Nima Sanandaji’s paper titled “Make School more boring and difficult for Students” in the Swedish paper; Svenska Dagbladet 20-05-2019. The authors…
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Amsterdam

Blogging from Amsterdam

I am so glad to be here, in Amsterdam!  I’m looking forward to the Holacracy course tomorrow with many participants led by Brian Robertson. My focus will be to understand how Holacracy can support the creation of an alternative way of organising teachers within a school. This will change of course the relationship that exists…
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Meeting Tomas Björkman, co-author of The Nordic Secret

A couple of weeks ago we met with Tomas Björkman for the first time. Having known him only as the founder of Ekskäret Foundation and the author of Världen vi skapar (The World We Create) and The Nordic Secret (and being Facebook friends) it was great meeting in person. We talked about our common understanding…
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School from the 30's

“Gör skolan tråkigare och jobbigare för eleverna”

Det är med en viss grad av förskräckelse vi läser Gabriel Heller-Sahlgrens och Nima Sanandajis debattinlägg ”Gör skolan tråkigare och jobbigare för eleverna” i Svenska Dagbladet 2019-05-20. I en historisk återblick får vi följa författarnas bild av vad som gått snett i svenska skolan. I den bilden har Sveriges progressiva tankar kring elevdemokrati och självlett lärande,…
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