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Book Bag: Sports Science and Sweet Shops

Finding time and opportunity to read is still a challenge with a newborn, but I am beginning to now get into the habit of reading at night again. 633 more words

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Closed loop classrooms – Tom’s Restaurant vs. Scotty’s Diner

Closed loop classrooms – Tom’s Restaurant vs. Scotty’s Diner

A couple of questions have been tormenting me for a few weeks now, regarding teachers and leaders for whom things on the surface seem to be going well. 1,145 more words

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How we fool ourselves out of keeping New Year's resolutions

My resolution was to not make resolutions…

It’s week 2, 2016. Have you broken any of your New Year’s Resolutions yet, even little ones? Be honest. 1,357 more words



HMC, or the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference meets each year in a place with a hotel sufficiently big to handle us. This year we are in St Andrews where one of our oldest universities began early in the fifteenth century and where the curious game of golf also started.  216 more words

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would have liked to have done (again)

I’ve blogged about this before, but not for a while, and a very neat example popped up in today’s Times in a piece by Matthew Syed, so I’m going back to it. 355 more words

Monday Morning Motivation - Bounce by Matthew Syed

I’m really interested in Matthew Syed’s hypothesis that talent is a myth and that success is a consequence of purposeful practice.


It is hard to summarise all of Syed’s arguments, but here are some of the elements that he says make someone successful (in sports): 162 more words


The paradox of successful practice

‘There is one common theme..that underpins success of all kinds; the capacity to learn from our mistakes’  (Matthew Syed)

In last weekend’s paper there was an interesting article by Matthew Syed, a former table tennis champion turned journalist on what makes people successful in whatever they do. 773 more words