Why put an amazing teachers on a full load? – sure they can take ‘difficult’ classes and do magical things – but maybe, just maybe if we put ‘time served’ aside, and put them into ‘every’ classroom – to team teach with ‘every’ English teacher, then they would reach hundreds more students.
As managers, leaders, risk takers, modelers and mentors, they would quickly identify and probably solve teaching and learning issues in their stride. They are connected to a global peer network, the sum knowledge of which cannot be measured in traditional HR ways. The HR people will want to define ‘amazing’ for one, then want to know if they are 5 year amazing or 10 year amazing etc., but thats their business and business is good.
What is the cost/risk/danger in trying this to ‘the system’? – a salary? a hierachical change? systemic change? – I can’t see any reason not to do this – apart from money.
Investing in HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE is more important than investing in BUILDINGS or TECHNOLOGY itself. But then people are hard to own in the industrial age sense – and the bargain between employer and employee has never been more challenging as people no longer require organisations to assemble and re-organise better ways of doing things.
- We can’t judge how hard a teacher works, by the number of hours on class.
- We can’t assess how inspirational, creative and connected they are to their learners and learning by time served
- We have to recognise that to get kids to use ICT in connected, relevant ways, then we need teachers who do this.
- Learning is a conversation – be part of it – talk and listen (listen more)
- We can’t make salary the only bargain between employer and worker.
2008 has been a year in which the seemingly impossible – not just possible, but world changing.
- Lots of rich people crashed the world economy then put their hand out to poor people to get ‘their’ money back that they screwed out of them in the first place.
- Some guy called Obama took out the top job in the USA and he wasn’t white.
- A bunch of year 9 students learned that writing was fun – in a day.
Educatorsin 2008 are connected today in ways that were unthinkable even a year ago, yet administrators ponder the next 5 years. I have no idea what education could look like in 5 years. Its not me kids are waiting for.
Surely if there is a time to take a risk on changing how where we put amazing teachers – its now!
I once saw a sticker for a Volkswagen Bus Club which read ‘Don’t Join, Just Wave’ – this I think is the offer to our leaders, we are all waving at you – take a risk before schools become museums.
It is a massive effort to sustain ‘shift’ enthusiasm and focus, and at times if we stop waving – its because we are human and not ‘cogs’ in your wheel.
Things change, and we drop out of sight. We don’t want to, but thats how life is – notice us.
I leave the school feeling pleased with the massive changes that are happening – but frustrated as others are, that k-12 education is still referenced, judged and structured on out-dated policy, inflexible workplace arragements for teachers, salaries structures, in-equality, access restrictions … blah …
I hope that I’ll keep talking and working for the benefit of k-12, as I take up my new role.
So this I guess is the last ‘High School’ blog post from me … thanks for watching and talking … if I can help anyone out … then let me know … I share.