I always enjoy Derek’s blog from NZ and continue to be impressed with his reporting on the thinking on education going on there. His latest post on Rethinking Secondary Schools struck a chord with two themes that he sees emerging in a recent project there: students first and inspiring teachers.
Over the last couple of years I’ve begun to move from the idea that the curriculum is the answer, that forward looking and visionary curriculum alone can direct and inspire change in schools, to the realisation that it’s the classroom teacher who needs to be the focus. Of course, the two are connected, but curriculum can’t be mandated and top-down, except in the most mundane ways. Classroom teachers, the ones who are actually working with the students, are the only ones who can make change. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together a piece for an forthcoming online conference about ‘Curriculum: getting the balance right’ about some of these thoughts.
So: inspiring teachers.
And students first: the first law!
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