Today’s Student Free Day was led by Steve Francis, and focused on a strategic direction of the school:
I took some notes which barely scratch the surface, and may only acts a prompts for people who were actually there. Where possible, I have hyperlinked to his original sources. Here they are:
- Positive relationships with students
- Fairness and equity
- Passionate about their subject and teaching
- Authentic engagement (flow)
- Ritual compliance
- Passive compliance
- They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
- Passion sells
- It’s not about US. It’s about THEM
- High expectations and the self-fulfilling property
- Maximise time in the Learning Zone
- Make it meaningful
- Show students how much they need to learn
- Content and substance
- Organisation of Knowledge
- Product focus
- Clear and compelling standards
- Safe environment
- Affirmation of Performance
- Novelty and variety
I take away many new ideas, but mostly it was the resounding reminder that teaching is all about relationships. Engagement, trust, integrity matter. Passion matters.
At the end of the day we are teaching our students, not our subjects. The human element makes it messy, but it also makes it thrilling and rewarding. Don’t be afraid to expose your flaws and admit your mistakes. At the same time strive to improve, and demand the same from your students.