I have finally taken up the challenge set by @ and added to by many others to reflect and record some of my thoughts as an experienced educator as part of his collection of ‘1,000 years of experience‘ So here goes………………….
I have over 20 years experience as a teacher and senior leader in Special Education ( Early Years, Primary and Secondary). I have been headteacher for a total of 14 years in two different special schools.
On you as a person:
- Be consistently Passionate, Respecful, Organised, Understanding and Dedicated. PROUD of what you do.
- Stay strong to your moral purpose – know what you believe in and stick to it!
- Do the right thing for the right reasons
- Always have that quest and thirst for learning more – challenging yourself to go that one step further, make things that little bit better.
- Have a life outside of work making sure you take care of your health and well-being too
- Know the children really well – think carefully about their holistic needs
- Spend time observing, talking to and listening to the children
- Know that they must be at the heart of every decision – always ask yourself the question – what does it mean for them?
- Recognise that we learn as much from them as they learn from us
- Make use of professional dialogue with colleagues and most importantly with parents / carers to reflect on how best to work with the children
On leadership and management ( working with people):
- Treat people as ‘they’ would want to be treated – don’t make assumptions
- See the ‘other side of the beach ball’ when working with people – what does the situation look like for them?
- Use emotional intelligence ……. with abundance!
- Listen ……………..and hear what is being said
- Don’t always feel you have to respond immediately to queries / issues – sometimes you may want / need time to reflect.