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This was a workshop presented by Perry Rush from Island Bay School at an NZEI Wellington District Council “Staff Wellbeing” Seminar.
Just some rough notes until i can get some urls from perry …
He quoted Judith Aitkin?
Chn are compelled to be at school – it is therefore our responsibility to make sure they take something wonderful and worthwhile out of their 10+ years invested in the school system
Educational research from Graham Nuttal and ? EDwards (reminded me a bit of some of the things that David Warlick talked about) – we do what we do because that’s how we were taught / we do what we do because we learned from educators who did it that way because they learned it from educators who did it that way …
Modelling from the top – example of sharing his own appraisal with the staff – using an anonymous survey forum to get feedback; then sharing the results with the staff; sharing his goals concerning the areas he needed to improve in with them – and lastly sharing with them what he has done to meet those goals
the reggio emilia approach to learning
Oxford Dictionary definition of teachers : dispensers of facts and knowledge
I note that dictionary.com says
a person who teaches or instructs, esp. as a profession; instructor.
and my Collins dictionary say A person whose occupation is teaching
Teachers, however, are not merely dispensers of fact and knowledge!
We need to:
- pose provocative questions
- show the teacher as a learner
There is powerful teaching done through asking questions (instead of telling facts) and even more powerful teaching done by being quiet and letting the children figure things out.
Think outside the box
Dream the dream you are passionate about
Our kids deserve the absolute best
Maximum passion – maximum energy