I got back to Scotland on Friday.
So what did I take from the Harvard experience?
There are ten inter-related things I’d like to do as a consequence of attending the course:
- Identify and remove all things which erode or prevent a sense of belonging – in schools and the authority
- Reduce the variance in the quality of learning experience in every classroom
- Promote the notion of a “person” being separate from their “practice”
- Believe in every person’s capacity to learn – children and staff
- Listen carefully to what people say and avoid moving into problem solving mode too quickly
- Encourage, model and support people to say “These children are mine”
- Focus our attention upon improving the quality and complexity of “learning tasks” provided in every classroom
- Keep returning to the measureable impact of our work
- Ensure that all teachers have a comprehensive understanding about current research into the brain, mind and education which they can use to develop their own professional practice.
- Establish unambiguous, consistent and shared norms about what we expect from our children and ourselves – and ensure that these are vigorously upheld.