• Finding your inner strength – using strengths at work

    By Colin SlatteryJuly 6, 2020

    Many of our courses and team-building activities have an element of a strengths based approach within them. Why’s that? The research on strengths and their use in the workplace provides a compelling argument as to why organisations could incorporate strengths on a more regular basis. But first, what is a strength? A strength can be […]

  • Where’s my……….

    By Colin SlatteryJune 23, 2020

    With the popularity of webinars and other on-line methods of learning, Semann & Slattery is often asked, ‘WHERE IS MY STUFF?’ The ‘STUFF’ usually consists of: Certificates Links to webinars Think sheets – resources NESA hours (for teachers registered in NSW) Here are some tips to make sure you get your stuff delivered to the […]

  • 3 steps to navigate frustrations

    By Anthony SemannJune 19, 2020

    Have you felt entrapped by the surge of frustration coursing through your body? It can pounce without notice! Sometimes it builds from small things turning into deep murmurings. If it is left to fester it drives varying size wedges between us. To avoid this potential disaster at work we have to be ready with a […]

  • Psychological Capital in the workplace

    By Colin Slattery

    In this blog we will introduce the concept of positive psychological capital and the four key theories that build positive psychological capital (PsyCap). What is psyCap? Psychological Capital can be defined as: “An individual’s positive psychological state of development that is characterised by: having confidence (self-efficacy) to take on and put in the necessary effort […]

  • Let’s talk about etiquette: Facebook and beyond

    By Anthony Semann

    Okay first things first, I am a voyeur when it comes to Facebook. I read more than I contribute, I squeal with joy, I shudder in despair, I am astonished, I am amazed, and sometimes I forget to breathe in despair with some things that I read online. Welcome to the world of Facebook. A place […]

  • Trust me, I’m a professional

    By Philip Butler

    I am always a bit unsure what to think whenever I hear early childhood educators discussing the topic of professionalism and whether they are, or are not professionals. Since I first started teaching over two decades ago I always just assumed I was a professional. Who says I’m not? Why do educators even question this? […]

  • Is it time for your mid year rev up?

    By Colin Slattery

    We have past the middle of the year, the winter solstice has come and gone, and we anticipate warmer days ahead. While you might not be quite ready for your annual spring clean, perhaps it’s time to give yourself a bit of a lift, to reenergise and reinvigorate yourself so you are at your best […]

  • Everything you always wanted to know about coaching

    By Colin Slattery

    Everything you always wanted to know about coaching and were too afraid to ask! What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘coaching’? Most probably the answer is sport! Certainly, coaching has connections with sport, and draws on theories and research from sports psychology. It also draws on business consulting and management training, education […]

  • Be the architect of your setting

    By Philip Butler

    When thinking about what role you might want to play in your setting, whether it be as the Director, co-educator, teacher or educational leader, you have the opportunity to dramatically influence the environment and the people around you if you choose to. “I would like to put forward the revolutionary idea that all teachers can […]

  • Brain Facts

    By Anthony Semann

    MAKING CONNECTIONS A child is born with over 100 billion neurons or brain cells. That’s enough neurons to last a lifetime, since no more neurons will develop after birth. These neurons form connections, called synapses, which make up the wiring of the brain. (Don’t worry, these terms are defined later) EARLY EXPERIENCES At age eight […]