I recently visited one of our primary schools and spent time chatting to students and teachers. What is evident when you’re in a vibrant learning space such as this, is a real buzz around teachers who are taking greater control of the learning space and continually innovating. I think this reflects a culture where risk-taking is the norm, reflective dialogue with colleagues is a support not a burden, and everyone accepts accountability for the learning.
Far too often the teaching profession is admonished for what it isn’t doing right. I see it as part of our professional responsibility to celebrate the achievements and showcase good learning and teaching beyond the school gates. If we raise the overall quality of teaching, then we raise the status of the profession.
As you’ll see below, when teachers talk openly and enthusiastically about their work, you cannot help feel inspired and encouraged.