Have a read through the list below.
Think about each one.
Would it make a difference?
What sort of difference would it make?
- What if teachers could focus on the real issues of education rather than petty issues like school uniforms being worn incorrectly?
- What if we could teach what the students want, which is relevant to them, rather than focus on what is required to achieve in the next assessment?
- What if we didn’t have so much paperwork?
- What if all teachers embraced technology instead of reacting to it?
- What if all teachers could guide learning rather than drive learning?
- What if policy makers realised that, with so much information literally at our fingertips, it is more useful for students to learn effective searching/researching techniques than to memorise a whole lot of facts?
- What if teaching students how to think, question and learn was our primary goal?
- What if we spent more time celebrating success instead of worrying about the problems?
- What if all teachers shared more with each other – both what has worked for them and what hasn’t?
- What if we could help children keep their initial passion for learning?
These are just my thoughts. I have had to change my thinking and practice around some of them. In fact it is only recently that I have really become passionate about learning! It scares me that a teacher, such as myself, could be trying to encourage students to learn, when he was not excited to learn himself. I’m hopeful that I was one of the minority. I love learning now – and love teaching! I’m still challenging myself with some of the statements below. Feel free to agree or disagree with them, they are simply my thoughts at this time.