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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A back to school Pledge

The end of the summer holidays is fast approaching and whilst thoughts about school are never far away the immanency of the return to school has resulted in lots of reflection and a desire to ensure that the coming year is a successful and happy one.

Hence the decision to make a very personal pledge, I hereby pledge to:

  • Immerse myself in the teaching and learning that takes place in my classroom as regularly as possible.  
           Do whatever you do intensely  
          Robert Henri  - American Painter and Teacher

  • Engage and enthuse the pupils in my class making their learning experience challenging and exciting. 
           When the creativity is well embedded the learning happens naturally  
          Diane Kenny - Primary Teacher Wirral
  • Stay true to myself, avoiding the politicalisation of education and the pressures that it brings 
           This politically charged time is the time to stick to our values and get on with getting on
           John Tomsett - Headteacher York

  • Ask questions of my pupils, myself and my colleagues both in school and within the Twitter community
           Effective questioning brings insight, which fuels curiosity, which cultivates wisdom.
           Chip Bell - mentor, trainer, speaker, author

  • Fight my absolute in built desire to seek the acknowledgement and approval of other adults
          Do what you feel to be right in you heart for you'll be criticised anyway
          Eleanor Roosevelt - Longest serving first lady of the United States

  • Continue to be responsible for my own professional development

          Once you stop learning you start dying
          Albert Einstein - German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science

  • Try to maintain a work life balance
          We live in a world in which we are dependent on others; We cannot expect to fulfill our 
          goals while disregarding others needs
          Dalai LamaHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a 
          simple Buddhist monk and the spiritual leader of Tibet.

  •   Be the best teacher that I can be
           Teachers have three loves: Love of learning, love of learners and the love of bringing
           the first two loves together
           Scott Hayden - ?