Commitment not consistency is the key to student success

“We must teach them good habits,” I overheard my football coach say when I was 15 years old. I can remember that saying and how it was said like it was yesterday. This message has stayed with me ever since and is a principle that teachers need to encourage in students. Behind all good habits […]

Should school leaders teach more?

The degree to which school leaders are involved in actual teaching practice varies considerably between schools, which brings us to the question: Should school leaders teach more? To clarify for the purpose of this post, school leader refers to senior leaders in schools, assistant principals, principals and directors / superintendents. The demands of these senior […]

Why we must get away from tick box style teacher evaluations

A large number of schools still continue to use tick box evaluation models that make little difference to the impact a teacher has on teaching and learning in a school. First and foremost, this type of evaluation model has a set of criteria that does not really allow for meaningful, rich, conversation between teacher and […]

Getting respect for teachers in schools – well, it’s complicated

It is a bit of a chicken and egg scenario, or is it that simple? Should teachers automatically be respected once they walk in a classroom, or is the respect that students develop for teachers something that is developed over time? It would be interesting to see how teachers poll on this question. Certainly, I […]

How much teacher stress is self-inflicted?

Teacher and school leader workload is an issue that does not go away and receives a significant amount of attention in the media and in educational publications. Efforts have been made in many school communities to improve teacher wellbeing yet the issue of workload does not go away. The issue itself is such a strong […]

Students have to own their goals

The best improvements come in small, incremental steps, what Sir Dave Brailsford from the Team Sky professional cycling team calls a “marginal gains approach’. More importantly goals need to be driven by the student. What does the student want to achieving in the long-term? What does that mean for the medium-term? So, no apply short-term […]

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