As a teacher for twenty years, I’ve been greeted on many a damp Monday morning by a motivational quote or a thought of the day/ week! What’s the point? Why have I been given these? Why am I now still using them? Well…..the answer is quite simple really… they help us to reflect; they help us to ask our students to reflect. They remind us of this incredible vocation that we have a privilege to be a part of every day! They remind us of the very reason why we do what we do! So thank you Joseph Joubert for such thought provoking motivation!
Stop!.....just a minute……
There are times when we falter; there are times when we forget our purpose- not because we intend to but because we get lost in the many tasks that a teacher finds themselves doing every day! So, let us take a minute out of our very busy lives to reflect on where we are. Let us take a moment to reflect on the inspiration I have provided you with at the start:
‘to teach is to learn twice’.This, to me, is the very essence of the principles by which I wish to carry out my role as the Strategic Lead for Learning and Teaching. It is the very principle by which I carried out my teaching role for twenty years! Have you noticed that whatever we do, whatever we teach, you find yourself learning something new about that topic? Our Learning and Teaching strategy has this very much at its heart! How does it do this? Well, in a number of ways:
- by focusing on pedagogy and effective strategies that move learning forward
- by engaging professionals in action research- trailing strategies, thus trying new methods and strategies with our students
- by sharing these through case studies, research events or conferences across the region
- by working with and collaboratively developing practice alongside Higher Education Institutions and researchers, offering accreditation to our work
- by developing a range of school to school working opportunities through SIGS and Pathfinders
- by using a school led system to deliver professional learning based on an inquiry led approach
- the variability in the quality of teaching
- Professional learning
- Through replying to this blog
- Through emailing me directly at CSC- email@example.com
- By telephoning me at the Consortium- 01443 827500
- By following Learning and Teaching on Twitter- new handle to be launched very soon!