Essential pieces The jigsaw of a successful school

Essential pieces The jigsaw of a successful school

Essential pieces The jigsaw of a successful school Professor Tim Brighouse SUCCESS not failure MULTIFACETED not general INCLUSIVE not exclusive IPSATIVE and FORMATIVE not

normative LIFELONG not once and for all Teachers TALK about teaching Teachers OBSERVE each other teach Teachers plan, organise and evaluate TOGETHER Teachers TEACH each other The corner pieces We share values, a vision of the future and we enjoy telling stories. Our language makes the school. The school is a beautiful place.

The corner pieces We We try try to to do do things things right right in in our our school. school. In our school school we

we sing sing from from the the same same songsheet. sheet. song Our teaching, teaching, learning learning&&assessment. assessment. Our

The straight-sided pieces We develop all our staff. We listen and involve our pupils. Are we data rich and information poor? The straight-sided pieces We practise learning walks. We are fussy about appointments. We understand and welcome change, because change is learning and thats our business. Managing complex change

Vision Skills Incentives Resources Action Plan = CHANGE Skills Incentives Resources

Action Plan = CONFUSION Incentives Resources Action Plan = ANXIETY Resources

Action Plan = RESISTANCE Action Plan = FRUSTRATION Vision Vision

Skills Vision Skills Incentives Vision Skills Incentives Resources

= TREADMILL Adapted from Knoster, T. (1991) Presentation at TASH Conference, Washington DC (Adapted by Knoster from Enterprise Group Ltd.) The wiggly pieces We value and involve our parents and the community. We make our school personal. Every child and adult matters here.

A piece that dropped on the floor? We communicate, collaborate, and are creative. School effectiveness Nouns and adjectives School improvement

Verbs and adverbs Leading Managing Creating an environment Teaching, learning and assessing Developing staff Reviewing Involving parents and community Punctuation

Butterflies Outstanding teachers Beliefs Transformability rather than ability of children. All children can succeed. Intelligence is multifaceted and each intelligence can be developed. Childrens failure to learn is not a sign of a lack of ability but is a challenge to teaching. Children making great efforts to learn is an indication of their character not of their lack of ability.

Outstanding teachers Habits and behaviours Hope, optimism, enthusiasm and energy. Learning is a cooperative activity. Tell good stories. Are expert questioners. Provide an example of learning themselves.

Outstanding teachers Habits and behaviours Have an infectious enthusiasm for what is taught. Are creative about curriculum and pedagogy. Are generous. Are unpredictable in teaching. Teach outside the classroom.

New skills and understandings Understanding of the global system. Movement of capital, people culture Capacity to think creatively within disciplines. Beyond the textbook Ability to tackle problems and issues that do not respect disciplinary boundaries. e.g. AIDS, large scale migration, global warming New skills and understandings

Knowledge and ability to interact civilly and productively with individuals from quite different cultural backgrounds. Both within ones own society and across the planet Fostering of hybrid or blended identities. Fostering of tolerance/respect.

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