Saturday, November 23, 2019

Tid bits of intuition that I been gettin (Frank Ocean)

Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash
Recently, an article by Terry Heick on TeachThought's blog resonated with me. The whole article, Why Teachers Need One Another: An Argument For Affection And Collaboration In Pedagogy, (a little clumsily titled but you get the gist) is worth reading but this is the bit I want to highlight today:
What about a teacher? Who gets to say you’re doing a good job? And above all of the formal metrics and growth plans and walk-throughs, when you go to bed at night, whose approval are you really looking for? What do you look for to let you know, deep in your own heart, that you’re doing this thing ‘right’?
Woah. Those are some really good questions, right?

Some heavy thinking required, and not just for teachers. 

The rest of the article is as good as this and I like his conclusion:
The adage ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together’ is staggeringly, painfully true, no matter how hard it can be. This doesn’t imply that you have to assimilate your thinking, or that other people should change theirs for you. It means being together matters. There is love around you, but you have to open yourself to it. Be light for others, but look for their glow as well.
This is true! 

In previous posts I've mentioned how I like a motto in our campus - 'Stronger Together'.

Among this past week's highlights: watching junior syndicate teachers lead students in an interactive game; reading the staff kudos mentions of other staff; and participating in a great professional learning session involving seven staff, have all been examples of 'being together matters'.

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