Positive Schools

Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)


11.40 – 12.20

Jason Clarke

Creating Class Focus

How Our Minds Work, And Why Sometimes They Don't - How To Keep Students Focused In Class

Jason Clarke Positive Schools mental health and wellbeing confernceThe mind is an amazing place, part movie studio, part mad scientist's laboratory, capable of incredible flights of creative invention and withering trials of rational investigation.

Yet some minds seem sharper, more acute than others. It's as if they're able to get into a particular mode of thinking (be it logical, magical or just downright practical) and stay with it as long and as far as it takes to get the result they want.

Einstein said it best; 'It's not that I'm so smart. I just stay with the problems longer' and he was world-famous for his ability to think about the ultimate fate of the Universe while completely ignoring his most basic human needs. Our capacity to filter out distractions and to maintain our focus might be a major determinant in how we fare in school and in life.

(Of course, there's such a thing as 'too focused': the mind can get lodged in a narrow cul-de-sac of thought, unable to move from a singular, narrow view of the world.)

But it's hard enough to keep our minds on target, let alone controlling the focus of a room full of people, but that's what teachers have to do all the time. And that's getting harder every day, as more and more distractions sneak into the classroom, usually inside the student's pockets.

For over a decade Jason Clarke of Minds at Work has been helping people to think, and that usually means assisting groups to not only maintain their mental focus but to move it around, from creative thinking and innovation to analytical thinking and problem solving, from strategic thinking to decision making - usually in the same afternoon.

Needless to say, over that time he's picked up a few tricks he'd like to share with you.


About Jason


In 1977, Jason Clarke achieved the lowest Year 12 score in the history of his school.  Today he is one of the most sought after creative minds in the country, consulting on issues of leadership and innovation to some of Australia’s biggest companies and institutions.  He’s developed and taught courses in Innovation, Logic and Problem Solving for two of Australia’s most prestigious Business Schools, the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship and the Stern Business School of New York.  He doesn’t know what he’ll be doing in 2020 but he’s open to suggestions.





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