It’s about the process…

19 Feb

Reading my blog you would have picked up my passion for training and my journey to do a marathon and half ironman in the last few years. I write tonight injured with my marathon goals this year in tatters. Tonight’s episode is not a wow is me piece. I am a great believer in process. This is the focus.

Should we not take this same approach with our students in school? Should we not be more focused on caring about them and teaching them to be confident, respectful, thoughtful, and passionate about what they do? Should we not try to encourage an educational balance? Should we not focus on process rather than outcome? The results will come. When you are so focused on a few things, what essential human nutrients are we cutting out of the diet? Music? Art? Physical Education? I know one of my Heads of Faculty is constantly on her soapbox regarding this as we all sing the praises of our eLearning tools.

My belief, is that if you can help a student develop these healthy types of habits, their results will inevitably increase as well. However, I also believe that if they don’t hit the measure that someone else has determined to be “acceptable”, we will have still helped them develop tools for them to be successful in what they believe is important to them. Schools in New Zealand need to be the place where this spark needs to be sparked or kindled or ignited. That is because of school, not in spite of.

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One Response to “It’s about the process…”

  1. jamesteachernz February 19, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Totally agree. Learning is not just about grades and percentages. That’s for accountants not educators! The relationships between the student and teacher has always been a critical factor. Attitude and mindset is what gets you through in life.

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