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  1. A single problem usually has many causes and therefore many opportunities for improvement.
  2. Don't define problems in terms of the solution, eg, 'The problem is we don't have enough resources': problems and the best solutions are often in different times & places from each other.
    • Poor story writing: create and use mental videos
    • Mental arithmetic: what to do when you don't know what to do
    • Litter: yellow lines not rubbish bins or supervision 
    • Literacy: better Habits of the Mind
  3. Aim to eliminate counter measures (this is rework, costly and unproductive) - see 1, but have contingency arrangements well in place, eg, guaranteed response or bottom line.
  4. Think high order - low order:
    • Relationships based on agreed values, purposes (high order) - enables us to be our best
    • Roles and rules (low order) provide a bottom line - needed for relationships fail
    • Either/or questions are usually wrong!
    • We aim to be ourselves whenever we can
    • We are at our best when we are most truly ourselves
  5. Think and act in terms of everyone (break down the barriers): everyone a contributor, everyone a beneficiary
  6. The School is (should be) a purposeful community in its own right: Everyone contributes and benefits
  7. People should work WITH each other (not ON each other)
    Examples: job description, annual planning, class ŕ whole school agreements
  8. Resources are rarely the issue - only when everything is working perfectly
  9. What is obvious to me may be totally unknown to others, eg, quality is a different paradigm
  10. Knowing about systems can enable us to become better educators
  11. Better school/class systems: more resources available, less disruption, fewer obstacles, more options, deeper coping capacity…
  12. Use mediated learning to help other improve their personal systems: Thinking, learning, doing and relating (to self, others and things)
  13. Our mission statement is a high level outcomes statement about our success and well-being 
    • "Everyone competent, caring, just and wise"
  14. Our vision statement is a high outcomes statement about our day to day experience
    • "Everyone, happy, confident learning and playing well
  15. As a school we are a work in progress
  16. Rewards and punishments usually obscure what is really significant 
  17. Information is a key factor in success, well-being and responsible initiatives. It is also resource hungry - manage it well to release resources.
  18. Problems should be valued as great learning opportunities - mine them for the insights and opportunities they contain
  19. Blaming is counter productive - it places an difficult obstacle at the at the crucial point
  20. Add your own...