Five positives from 2014 and five wishes for 2015
Twitter I say it every year; Twitter is invaluable for all working in education! The conversations and the sharing of ideas, research, initiatives and developments that this form of social media enables through linking with people in the UK and globally is significant, rich and should not be underestimated. I continue to learn new things and explore new ideas, much of which I seek to share with colleagues. The teaching and learning at our school continues to benefit as a result of others sharing without being precious about great initiatives and ideas. I respect fellow professionals for their views, their honesty and at times their very deep vulnerability in being real about their experiences and challenges which they share via Twitter. My sincere thanks to fellow Tweeters – it is a community that I value greatly, not just in the ‘virtual’, but also when we meet in person at events.
National TeachMeet Day 2014 It was great to link with a good number of educationalists and sponsors across the UK to facilitate more that 1000 teachers coming together for a National TeachMeet Day in February. It was a very special day and really good to see a number of people running their first TeachMeets. Many thanks to everyone who got involved and contributed, in particular to @ICTmagic! Please use the following link to read more and see associated resources TeachMeet UK
Developments at school Two areas that have been particularly enjoyable and beneficial for the children have been: The on-going progress of Forest School (including a parents and pupils’ bush craft weekend). The growing scope of involvement/pupil leadership of Digital Leaders – supporting pupils and staff, contributing to assemblies and our first KidsMeet. Also, blogging by each year group weekly (by pupils from Year 3 upwards) has become embedded increasingly, although there is scope for this to develop more.
Amazing colleagues Without the commitment, energy and ideas of colleagues, school would not continue to develop in the positive way it does year on year. There are always ‘challenges’/’opportunities’, this goes without saying, but a strong team with a high level of collegiality enables much to be achieved. I do not take this for granted and I am grateful for everyone in our staff team, across all areas of the school, they give so much!
#PairandShare This is an initiative I came across via Twitter, set up by Steve Taylor @tambotaylor – ‘linking schools together to share good practice’ and ‘collaboration between schools to improve pupil outcomes’. It was refreshing to take time out away from school and reflect . . . We visited a school that shared many of the things that are fundamentally important to us too, yet a very different school. It was a very positive experience and I very much recommend this imitative to fellow Heads.
Five wishes for 2015 I have gone for – quality time with family and friends – passion in all I do – enabling and supporting others – encouraging greater risk taking and resilience in our pupils – and a commitment to continuing to build community.
Wishing you good health and happiness in 2015!