Happy Steve

Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

Hello there, I'm Steve Collis! 

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Steve's Awards

Steve's Awards:

2007 "Excellence by a Teacher" highly commended

Awarded by the Australian Government. The photo is of
me with the Federal Minister for Education Julie Bishop. She said to me
"I won't try my school girl French on you."

My wife thought it would be hilarious to put the award in the bathroom above the toilet:Awards_032




2006 "Microsoft Innovative Teacher NSW"

Awarded by Microsoft. The photo is of me with the presenter Bernie Hobbs and a representative of Microsoft.

I had forgotten but was recently reminded by another winner, John Pearce,
that I dropped and chipped his award shortly after this photo was
taken. This does sound like me I must admit. Good thing John is such a
forgiving kind of guy!


Steve_collis_stephen_nbcs00012006 Teachers of Excellence Award
nothing like recognition in your own backyard! My school normally gives
this award to one teacher each year. It's just a bit of paper, and I
admit I've just photoshopped the tea-stains out of this one, but it was
a real buzz and encouragement to me. My esteemed colleague Gilbert van
der Jagt was also awarded in the same year.



NEW! Up there with Socrates!

Oh crickey, even I, in all my bluster, could not have made this one up. In a brilliant, perceptive work of genius... a well-researched, carefully considered hallmark article, the illustrious Laura Milligan (none other), has composed a list of:

"25 teachers who drastically changed the world"


Oh, I know what you're thinking: "How remarkable that there happen to exactly 25 that fit that description."

Note the word "drastically". Ok, we're talking teachers who have occasioned fundamental revolutions in, not THEIR world, but THE world.

Teacher #1: Socrates
Off to a good start. Socrates does indeed fit the description nicely. But enough of him, let's go down to # 19:

Teacher #19: ME! HA HA HA!!


Read the article here!

How come Socrates gets to go first! Note that nowhere does she say they are in order of importance. In fact, she probably kept the best till near the end!