Hiding behind the ritual

Are the kids included?

Photo of Rick Hall
3 3

Written by

Dread - especially in the early years of my career, when I was error strewn.  What if I was caught out, found out for not setting enough homework? Not remembering which kid we are talking about? So we hid behind the ritual of shaking hands, extreme politeness and not delving into too much detail.

If only we could start our teaching careers in reverse, now that ripeness is all and I'm a sage, and love talking to families about how to get the best out of the system, and nurture the innate creative talent of the young person (who is speaking so volubly and confidently about what inspires them).

My thoughts in this stage of the mission, are largely to do with who should be there, and where and when..?

When we started our project Lab_13, a space that children manage for their own experiments, we visited schools who had expressed interest.  I always looked for schools where a young person spoke first, where children spoke most, and had the final word.

Shouldn't teacher, parent, school, student conferences be like that? Where there is more listening from adults to what young people have to say?

Rather than talking about Sprog A, and then Sprog B and so on, invite the children to introduce a genuine conference about improving the school learning experience.

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe something you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research.

Home school relationships should reflect the aim of learning being a collaborative venture, and not something that is done to children


Join the conversation:

Photo of Clint Heitz

Rick - If you'd be willing, I would greatly appreciate your support for Guideposts to Success by heading to the post and leaving a positive evaluation, as well as suggestions to grow the idea even more! Thank you!

View all comments