Linda Stade

Education Writer

The Death of Male Teachers

Most people remember at least some of their teachers from primary school. I remember every single one. They had a huge effect on me. They’re probably the reason I became a teacher. My favourite was Mr Romeo. He taught me… Continue Reading →

Creating Creativity

Creativity is the way we move forward personally and as a society. It is the way we show our souls and it is how we solve our tricky problems. What most people don’t realise is that creativity can be learned…. Continue Reading →

Perfection Paralysis

It’s Sunday night, bed time. Your daughter is upset about the assignment for English that is due the next day. She’s had a week to do it and you’ve seen her sitting at her desk writing and making notes. She… Continue Reading →

When Should Parents Pull Back?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the terms ‘helicopter parents’, ‘bubble wrap parents’, ‘lawn mower parents’ and maybe even ‘black op’s parents’. They are used to describe parents who either swoop in and solve problems for their kids or who never… Continue Reading →

Girls and Their Frenemies

In schools we talk constantly about protecting girls from harm. We teach them about paedophiles, on-line grooming, sexting, and the harm caused by drug and alcohol use. In reality, the more likely destructive influence on an adolescent girl’s day to… Continue Reading →

Why Do Kids Self Harm?

Self harm is one of the most misunderstood issues we face in working with young people and their mental health. It is often dismissed as attention seeking and self indulgent. For that reason, it is surrounded by an enormous amount… Continue Reading →

The 20% of Kids Who Just Aren’t Learning

When we think about disengaged students, our minds usually run to the class clown or the violent bully. We imagine back stories that are full of abuse and neglect. However, research shows that the reality is quite different. At any… Continue Reading →

Best Friends Forever…For Now!

It is too easy to dismiss teenage conflict as ‘just teenage drama’ or ‘typical teenagers’. Yes, they do seem to encounter a lot of friendship issues and disputes. It makes sense. They are at a stage in their social development… Continue Reading →

Introverts at School

School is designed for extroverts. It is loud and busy and dictated to by bells and buzzers and the urgency of getting through lessons and assessments. Even recess and lunch are full on. There is co-curricular and meetings to attend,… Continue Reading →

When Kids Don’t Fit In

Yesterday, a twelve-year old girl I care about, told me that at her school she has nobody to hang out with. In fact, in class when she sits next to other kids, they move away. She said at lunch and… Continue Reading →

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