We’ve Got a Runner…
The first days of school definitely started for me in April when I began to pull together the thinking of the Professional Learning Advisory Council (PLAC) and calendar out the key learning structures for 2012-2013 in advance… but when the “official day” dawns, I can’t help but be pulled towards the lower school. I am dazzled by the pre-school teachers and their ability to shepherd three-year olds into a classroom, much like herding cats. And every now and then, when walking down the hall in those first few days, you can hear the quick steps of an escaped four-year old running down the hallway, and someone closing in to scoop them up and deliver them safely back to the classroom.
As I was typing up the rich list of questions that emerged from our opening faculty meeting, this same image emerged. How does Graded, the organization, shepherd a vast variety of interests and passions into the classroom, both to inspire teachers and to engage students? In reflecting on the questions, it is clear that we are a community committed deeply to learning (which seems like a no-brainer for a school). But these questions are different. These questions are about returning to the messiness of finding balance in an educational landscape that continues to become more complex, which means a deep reflection on values.
Listening to the opening remarks at our first faculty meeting, I thought I might faint. Three conferences headed our way (GIN, Innovate and AASSA), and an Advanc-Ed Accreditation and IBO programme evaluation anchoring much of the work. If ever there was a time to reflect, then this is it. If every there was a time to set a course for Graded’s future, then this is it. And as overwhelmed as I know I feel on the second day of school, I know that if ever there was a time to ask good questions and run with an idea, then this is it.
Thank you for inspiring me – and making my head hurt (in good ways). I’m ready for 2012-2013.
Graded Staff Digs In:
Critical Friends Probe for Alignment between Expectations and Unit Design