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.
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.
On government & unions: the only thing worse than blind trust is blind mistrust.
Too many professional development initiatives are done to teachers - not for, with or by them.
There is no morality without temptation; otherwise it is just lack of opportunity.
In collaborative cultures, failure and uncertainty are not protected but shared and discussed to gain support.
Adolescence is about digging out the iron inside irony.
Culture is the possibility and impossibility that bacon and fruit can appear on the same plate.
When the purge of teacher individualism is unrestrained, eccentricity, initiative and individuality become the casualties.
On learning: if you really want alignment, go to a chiropractor.
Teachers who don't pull their weight drag down the profession and their colleagues with it.
Standardized personalization=universal right to meaningful learning. Personalized standardization=flexible access to mandated learning.
We must never return to the Julie Andrews curriculum where we teach "a few of my favorite things"!
The quality & morale of teachers is absolutely central to the well being of students and their learning.
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