This I found interesting from Greg Whitbys YouTube. Talking about changing the system through three pressure points. It made me think that the perception gap between what ‘administrators’ are doing and teachers are ‘doing’ is out of alignment with what I’ve been hearing in Online sessions the last few weeks. I especially like the comments about the strategy to put ‘mentors’ in schools to help develop teachers and support them. This would give a clear indication to the classroom teacher that they are connected to policy directors – often people that we never meet. On the the other hand, I think that there are now so many teachers doing amazing things in their classrooms that their line managers do not know about, so they may be pleasantly suprised when this alignment takes place. I hope that this message and approach is adopted – getting mentors into classrooms to train, support and deliver is a critical link – not just as one off PD, but ongoing support with regualar follow ups.
One of the great strengths of the New Tech Foundation (PBL) is that school teachers in that ‘network’ have IM access to each other, and more importantly to mentors and senior foundation staff.
I don’t think that we are there yet in terms of transparent communication between teacher, mentor and executive – but this video points to the fact that it’s on the agenda, which is great!