Who can be a leader?

As Drew says…….anyone.  Although Hattie always talks about ‘Know thy Impact’ (to be fair he is talking about improving learning!) sometimes you don’t.  Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference.  Perhaps even most of the time.

I think Drew has hit the nail on the head.  We can all be leaders.  Everyday.




Teach listening as a skill?

Having just moved house next to a busier road I can really relate to this video!  I like the idea of moments of silence, not just to improve our listening but also as a form of meditation, of calmness and peacefulness.

Active listening summed up nicely – Receive, Appreciate, Summarise, Ask.

Worth a go?  In your class?  With your leaders?  With yourself?


Relationships, relationships, relationships

The value of human connection.  Every teacher needs to see his.  Every leader needs to see this.  One of my absolutely favourite clips on effective teaching.

Why?  Because teaching is all about relationships, leading is all about relationships.  That does not mean rose-tinted glasses and everything is beautiful.  It means dignity, respect, trust and belief.  As Covey said, perhaps we need to seek to understand before we try being understood.

Would you want your child in this teacher’s class? Of course.  As would I.  Because you know that she will believe that your child will achieve great things.

To the child who scored 2/20 – ‘you are on the right road’.  Love it.