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Do less. Do better.

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by karlo1981, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. karlo1981

    karlo1981 New commenter

    Hello everyone.

    I have a simple mantra for September: Keep it simple.

    1. We are there to educate, not entertain. Nor are we there to make parents love us - and that should not be our motivation. Nor are we there to prove we are better than the teacher next door.
    2. There is ONE learning objective per lesson, with a common tasks/tasks for all. Clear modelling and instruction. Differentiation is by teacher support - not by 3 or 4-way differentiated tasks.
    3. We are there for the children - and their progress. We do not mark books to impress parents at parents evening, or out-do colleagues at moderation sessions. We mark, sparingly, to move children forward.
    4. We set high standards of work and behaviour. Simple expectations, with simple consequences.
    5. Fear of OFSTED (and what we THINK they want) is not our motivation.

    In a one-hour lesson, a child needs to know more (knowledge and skills) than they did at the start. Use the hour wisely. Examine our motives. "Is this lesson designed to move these children forward, or massage my ego?"
  2. install

    install Star commenter

    Lovely in theory - not so good in reality.

    Sorry to burst that bubble.

    1 Teaching is just a job
    2 The objective is to teach
    3 Teachers are not there for the children - that is a myth perpetuated by some dodgy slt types keen to play a guilt trip
    4 High standards of behaviour can only be enforced when senior managers support teachers and back supposed bhvr policies. Sadly this isn’t always the case.
    5 Teachers don’t fear Ofsted but some hts try to play scare tactics on teachers

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