Are you a teacher passionate about learning and new ideas? Are you a lifelong learner who is proactive and self driven? If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, then this may interest you.
Throughout my years as an educator, I have always found that school cultures and their approach towards innovation and change are directly connected with how they deal with ideas. It all boils down to simply observing and noticing how ‘ideas’ are treated in your school, in meetings, throughout the corridors and classrooms. What becomes of those ideas?
I have been part of different school cultures, where I have seen ideas being challenged, blocked and sent straight to their deathbeds; and it is in those schools that change is immensely needed. Although it may not be an easy task, however, it is our responsibility as educators to constantly reflect and strive to create the conditions for ideas to be heard, believed in, adopted and shown the light to their existence.
If I were an idea in your school:
- Would I be met with an ‘open-mind’ or with a ‘no time for this year’?
- Would I find a hospitable environment to ‘live’ and ‘grow’?
- Would I be received by a community that ‘listens’ and are willing to try?
- Would I be told my conditions to flourish are dependent on ‘certain people in the school’? Or I would have the space to breathe out my way into being.
- Would I be able to find a family of other ideas to connect with?
If I were an idea in your school, what will become of me?…