Day 47 (of 184)
“The greatest barrier to learning is not what the student knows but what the teacher believes.”
This was the reminder/challenge presented by our Director of Instruction at our District Principals meeting.
I’ve heard and talked about this quote before. But I’ve also thought more about ‘what the learning community believes’.
It seems like it should take more than ‘a’ person to to have such an influence within a learning community.
Yet time after time we hear stories about ‘the’ teacher who made a difference in someone’s life.
“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right” is another comment/quote I think about, and say to, my learning community.
The power of thought is immeasurable. Comments like ‘our students …. ‘ are dangerous because of the catch-all nature of it – similar when students say to me ‘everybody/nobody…. ‘ – if they believe it hard enough, it’ll become true, whether it’s real or not.
Education is a very challenging craft. Everyday, learning goes well beyond the text of ‘learning outcomes’ and well planned ‘intentions’. Yet I have been thinking on that opening quote for several hours an it resonated in further discussions this evening about what is being accomplished in our learning community. And I don’t just mean the classroom that I teach in, nor the school I am principal of, but throughout our school district – and well beyond those traditional boundaries, as I find myself continually ‘pushing boundaries’ (modelling it/walking the talk) and tearing down barriers and creating cultures of ‘yes, now how do we….’
I love the discussions that a good comment can elicit!