Becoming the norm!
When will outstanding teachers stop being the exception?
Outstanding teachers, those who have a lifelong, positive impact on their students, have been in a small minority for as far back as most educators can remember. Yet what they do is exactly what we are looking for now. They inspire their students to be self-motivated, to be connected and to grow in competence, without applying controlled motivation to achieve this.
Of course, they practice encounter, that set of learnable skills that underpin effective cognitive coaching and the leadership of high performing teams, as well as outstanding teaching.
If I ask principals what their schools would be like if 25% (rather than 5%) of their teachers were like this, they respond that it would transform them.
So, what are we waiting for?
The skills are learnable, every school has a small number of exemplars, students need them to properly develop 21st century skills and schools would be less stressful places to work in for everyone concerned.
If there is a blockage, what is it and how do we get around (under, over or through) it?
New teachers coming in will adapt to existing cultures and we perpetuate the current ways of connecting with students.
At some point this will change, what will it take to make that change happen?
John Corrigan is an expert in helping individuals to bring their whole of mind to their daily life and increase their effectiveness and the effectiveness of those around them. This expertise scales from the individual to the team to the organisation. At the core of this work is the practice of encounter. Earlier blogs can be found here.
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