SNIPPETS FOR EDUCATORS (4)
Continuing thoughts that educators may find useful.
DON’T IGNORE HANDWRITING
Handwriting for students IS important. So many have little skill when it comes to pencil or pen hold. They lack mastery of the written word and the tools they should be able to manipulate with ease.
SCHOOL REFORM NEEDS SETTLING TIME
School improvement and reform are constant agenda items. Schools and staff need breathing time in order to fully implement ideas and ideas. Frenetic movement from change to change is dysfunctional.
TAKE CARE WITH WORDS
Words written via computer are indelible and everlasting words. They cannot be expunged. Think carefully before writing.
TIME HAS FLED
The older I get, the faster time seems to go. It seems that Monday is no sooner here than Friday is about to end. It was like that for me in my final years of full time work, and with retirement the time flying foot is even heavier on the accelerator.
Dispositionally, the mind remains active and engaged, to the point of not conceptualising age. Nevertheless, chronological enhancement increasingly impacts on my physical frame.
When I graduated as a teacher, time seemed to stretch into infinity. Upon looking back, it has passed in a flash. This lends credence to advice so often given, that we should make every day count.
SAYERS AND DOERS
“Do as I say”, or “Do as I do” can be a question begging an answer. There are plenty of sayers but those who ‘do’ for education, the workers, gain the respect of those with whom they associate.
BUILD YOUNG PEOPLE UP
So many young people feel pessimistic about the future and where the world is going. One of our key responsibilities must be to encourage them and help them feel a sense of purpose and worth in life.
‘RESPECT’ A KEY ESSENCE
We need to work on building confidence and trust between those within our schools and workplaces. Good leaders know that respect is an essence, a quality like glue that binds us in oneness and unity.
DOCTORATES SHOULD NOT BE GIFTED
By and large I appreciate universities and the efforts made to extend tertiary opportunity to students both internally and externally. Universities have to work hard to balance their research and teaching arms, with funding being a constant consideration. Neither do I believe it unfair for students to contribute to their tertiary education through fees charged. Many governments underpin universities by advancing student loans which begin to be paid back when those graduates become earners.
However, my concern has always been the way the university play up the conferral of honorary doctorates. This for mine discounts the honour due to hardworking students whose degrees come at great cost and substantial debt. I feel a focus on honorary qualifications degrades the quality of their work and effort.
Sportspeople, politicans, community contributors and notary publics should never be recognised with honorary doctorates or conferred professorships. Universities who indulge in this practice for the sake of attaching a prominent person to the university discredit academe.
TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS, WHERE IS YOUR VOICE?
I believe many teachers are frightened to speak up. It may be a fear of ridicule but more likely to be a concern if they speak up and rock the boat, there could be negative ramifications for their future employment. Certainly many school leaders belong to the frightened class because they are on end dated contracts and worry lest speaking up jeopardises their chances of contract renewal. This concern prevents many who would and should speak up from so doing.
RELAX AND REFLECT
Take time each evening to relax and reflect on the day that has passed. Rejoice in successes and resolve that tomorrow’s challenges will be faced squarely, mastered and become tomorrow’s celebrations.
ISSUES OF BULLYING NEED TO BE FIXED, NOT IGNORED
As a school principal I always appreciated being told about bullying conduct. If you don’t know about a problem you can’t work on fixing it, for either the bullied or the bully.
KEEP CHILDREN ACROSS MATTERS OF DANGER
If OHS emergencies occur at school, remain calm and as measured in response and reaction. It is important for children and students to understand as much as possible to ameliorate their raw fear.