Building on What we Know

24 Feb

Over the past five weeks I’ve been reading about school leadership about where we’re heading and how they’re travelling in relation to their individual school goals. It’s important for schools to have measurable goals but these are simply a means to an end. This is important because at the moment we are discussing this very issue at school.

I have been reflecting on the educational theory about building on what people know. I do this all the time with teaching. Be it my students at school or adult classes. For school leaders, it’s about good learning and teaching. We know our conversations are enriched by good theory into practice and a solid framework on which to develop our goals.

Everybody wants to get to the end using existing paradigms but we need to first remind ourselves what is good learning and teaching in today’s world. These ‘informed’ goals become the touchstones for delivering our strategic intent: improved learning outcomes for all students and a rewarding working life for teachers.

Good leaders know the value of building their professional skills and knowledge through reflective dialogue with peers and participating in ongoing professional development that benefits student learning. As a system, our goal is to ensure our students are at the centre.

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