Resources - Videos, Articles, Presentations

Here are some of the videos that the staff have used as inspiration and provocation for thinking about the learning experiences we provide for our students here at Waihi.

Carol Dweck's work on Mindset and Praise:

  • Why brains and talent don’t bring success
  • How they can stand in the way of it
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Carol Dweck - The Power of Believing You Can Improve 2014 TED Talk

Carol Dweck - How to Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential 2015 RSA Animate

Dan Pink's work on Drive and Motivation:

When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system–which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators–doesn’t work and often does harm. Dan Pink thinks we need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

Dan Pink - The Puzzle of Motivation 2009 TED Talk

Dan Pink - Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us 2010 RSA Animate

Rita Pierson - The importance of Relationships

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. This is a TED talk staff watch at the start of each new school year.

Rita Pierson - Every Kid Deserves a Champion TED Talk

Sir Ken Robinson - Changing how we look at our Education Systems

Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His 2013 book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, is a practical guide that answers questions about finding your personal Element. In his latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, he argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students.

Sir Ken Robinson - Do Schools Kill Creativity? 2006 TED Talk

Sir Ken Robinson - Bring on the Learning Revolution 2010 TED Talk

Sir Ken Robinson - Changing Education Paradigms 2010 RSA Animate

Sir Ken Robinson - How to Escape Education's Death Valley 2013 TED Talk 

Gratitude, Happiness and Positive Education

Shawn Achor - We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

Shawn Achor TED Talk -
Positive Education - brings together the Science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support individuals, schools and communities to flourish. Geelong Grammar refer to flourishing as a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’. Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

The Institute of Positive Education is a ground-breaking initiative by Geelong Grammar, dedicated to improving student and staff wellbeing. The Institute has the dual purpose of nurturing Positive Education at the School and assisting the growth of Positive Education throughout Australia and the world.
Geelong Grammar -
Wellbeing - Here is a link to a short article from Education matters magazine


Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership - starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...

Simon Sinek - How Great Leaders Inspire Action How Great Leaders Inspire Action

I also really like this animated talk which was adapted from Captain David Marquet's talk on Greatness, and is based on his book, Turn the Ship Around!