I have put my name in the hat to become part of the administration team at my international school. The following is a body of thought on why I have decided to make this move.
I love school I have gone to school, in some form or another for over forty years and it is as significant to me as just about anything or anyone else.
Improve student learning I am an advocate for finding diverse talent when recruiting fellow educators. This means that I will promote using alternative paths to finding master teachers. I will use my ever-expanding professional learning network to find specific candidates for hire. Specifically, I will heavily recruit Ben Sheridan and the folks from #Kinderchat fame to move to our school.
Mentor incoming teachers There are few joys in life better than mentoring less experienced teachers. I have had the distinct pleasure in welcoming many student teachers into my classroom. Helping them find their way always is time well spent. As a school leader, I aim to model the workshop approach to teaching with specific regard to precise time management.
Curriculum: I believe that teachers, being the primary user of written curriculum, should offer a real role in developing curriculum, with help from leadership. This involves giving adequate time for planning curriculum. I have had a great deal of success in developing units from scratch using UbD approach. Its protocol requires that all the stakeholders play a role in impacting learning. This makes sense to me and I want to continue to use UbD more actively as a school leader.
Robert Marzano says, “A guaranteed and viable curriculum is the number one school level factor impacting student achievement.” I aim to develop skills more so than offering content. I believe that learning is fundamentally, a social activity and that constant discussion is integral to brain development. I strongly adhere to the idea that writing rides a wave of talk. Accountable talk will become a major facet of my mentoring.
I will insist that all intended learning has value beyond the classroom.
What learners will be doing: Students in my classroom discuss, write, sketch, notate, look for reassurance, experiment, set goals and read extensively. I have few discipline problems for my students are very nearly always engaged. I am a disciple of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and I very much would like to promote his ideas.
What teachers will be doing: Teachers will be moving, modeling, asking questions, prompting thinking, listening, coaching, writing, developing curriculum, and stating essential understandings for each lesson.
What would learning environment look like: Each classroom will be welcoming, organized, healthy, purposeful, clean, and aesthetically-pleasing. All stakeholders will celebrate student learning.
This is enough for today. Readers, I welcome your positive thoughts, critical comments, and advice via the Twitterverse.
See you online.