One or two bad teachers is a problem with the teachers. A school with many bad teachers is a problem of leadership.
Capacity building originally meant helping people to help themselves. Now it means required training to deliver imposed policies.
Teaching is a never-ending story. The work is never over; the job is never done.
Teachers create and transform energy. They are the dynamos of educational change.
Walking makes us take problems in our stride.
You cannot switch teachers on and off as if they were PowerPoint presentations.
The teacher has more power than the Minister.
The bags that teachers carry home symbolize their guilt about the endless care they have to give.
Students are often the last to know about change that is occurring in their own school system.
Blame and betrayal are the emotional enemies of improvement.
When creativity is the goal, schools must have their own platforms to network and innovate.
Teachers are always emotional: by default if they bore us, and by design when they excite us.
Teachers who believe they can make a real difference in their students lives REALLY do.
Implementation of technological change must involve critics as well as advocates.
Too often, shared visions really mean, "I have a vision; you share it!"
On being: Arrogance is not the prerogative of the gifted.
You cannot understand the teacher or their teaching without understanding the person the teacher is.
Evaluation schemes that implicate 100% of the staff to detect a small % of incompetents are a waste of time.
Time is the enemy of freedom.
Physically, teachers are often alone in their own classrooms with no other adults for company. Psychologically, they never are.
Every learner has special needs.
Economic necessity should be the mother of educational invention
Courageous leadership is not fearless leadership. What makes you a leader is how you deal with your fears.
We need standards with flexibility, not standardization with force if we are to get the best from our teachers.
Without optimism & self-belief among teachers, classrooms become wastelands of boredom & routine and schools deserts of lost opportunity.
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