Day 118 (of 184) great feedback
Today was an interesting day – a day where 3/4 of our ‘regular’ teachers were away and we had a number of “teachers-on-call”. Today we had some ‘first timers’ – TOCs who had not been to our learning community before…
In welcoming them to our school, I got feedback that I wasn’t expecting to start the day: one of our newbies explained how excited she was to ‘finally’ get the chance to come to our school. She had heard from ‘others’ about the climate and culture of the school and was looking forward to experiencing it for herself.
Sometimes when you are heavily invested in your learning community, it is hard to see the ‘cracks’ and hard to see the ‘celebrations’. It was nice to get a pause in the day and hear what ‘others’ in our bigger education family are saying about us. The idea that we are a school “where a lot of people want to come to” is very reassuring as we challenge ourselves to disrupt long held traditions in education. And having an outsider give us an informal ‘thumbs up’ was very important.
Much like Sugata Mitras ‘Hole in the Wall’ project, where he had grandmas give positive praise to youngsters exploring a computer – but only positives “nice job” “good” “what else can you do” – the praise is infectious. Hearing that educators are talking about our school as a place they want to work is like a fuel – creating even more energy to do more good/different/disruption –> depending on your point of view. Hard to believe how fast the year is going by when we are having fun!!