Recently I wrote a post about how important it is for me to start with where the learner is at
This weekend, a colleague sent me the link to Shane Koyczan’s powerful work “To this day”. I have watched his TED talk a couple of times and the more I think about his powerful message, the more impact it has on me as a teacher, mother and member of the human race.
This TED talk clearly impacted on many people. Sam Sherratt’s latest post speaks about the world we live in and work in, and in particular the way we behave in schools and the kind of behaviour we condone and/or model through our actions or inaction.
I have been reflecting on my interactions with students and colleagues and wondering, “What do my words, actions and inaction say about me? What am I doing to create a safe, nurturing and supportive environment where every child that walks through my door can flourish? What am I doing to ensure every individual I interact with can flourish?”
Living in a world that isn’t always nurturing, I realise it’s easy to overlook the importance of emotional well being; it’s easy to label people; it’s easy to gossip; it’s easy to criticise; it’s easy to ignore, it’s easy to make your ideas more important than theirs.
Now, more than ever before, I have a responsibility to create a positive environment that is supportive of every learner. I need to continue on my journey to letting go of control. I need to persevere in my efforts to listen more and speak less, to reflect without judgement and to follow their lead. In doing so I will create an environment where each student can flourish.