Like many of those preparing for the dawn of a new term I am eagerly anticipating getting back into the routine of school life. As part of this most schools kick off the school year with some pre-season training (or an INSET day or two!). My youngest daughter was easily convinced for a while that this in fact was an INSECT day where teachers would be set free to explore the world around them…
So what could be happening during this time? I hope most schools worth their salt do a few key things…
- Celebrate the successes of the summer – personally (weddings, engagements) and professionally (results and triumphs)
- Take time to welcome new staff and welcome back the trusty team
- Invest in developing one another by learning in some way actively
If none of this happens at your school and you are sitting around listening to presentations ask “how could this be better use of our time?” and suggest some solutions.
I do think the routines of life are useful for us all on a very basic level and this is definitely the case in our family life. We love time together but equally benefit from the contrast and rhythm of school – in essence I look forward to going back and secretly I think my children do too…
As part of our learning as a staff I want to prompt some reflection on learning and how we can understand what is going on at a deeper level.
Would we send our car to a mechanic who knew nothing about how engines work or we be happy to be operated on by a brain surgeon who hadn’t been to medical school?
I am fairly confident, that on different levels, the answer to these questions would be a resounding no.
So why should be any different for anyone working in education to know nothing about how the brain works and functions?
“How brains are built”
“Optimising the Performance of the Human Mind”
“Opera Singer sings during Brain Surgery”
“The learning brain”
“How playing an instrument benefits the brain”
“The human brain”
So maybe this year we should use this time to “set people free to explore the world around them” just like my daughter once thought! Welcome back and have a great year ahead…