Risk in childhoodThe age of bubble-wrap, cotton-wool, that's dangerous childhood is upon us. This article suggest five ways we can gift children more risk in their play. I use the term gift (not the author) because in this day in age of less tree climbing, more soft fall and plastic contraptions it truly is a gift to have a childhood that allows risk. Lauren Knight suggests the following:
* Teach your child to use real tools
* Back off at the playground
* Allow for some freedom
* Climb trees
* Allow for open-ended play.
During my Nature Kindergarten experience at Play and Learn in New Zealand, my long time friend and mentor (also long time boss) Jan would say "the biggest risk is not risk at all". Children learn through experience, they learn to manoeuvre, adapt, think, wait, push, dig deep through lived experiences. What kind of adults will we have should they experience no risk or grit in their childhood?
Leading for growth
Great leaders don’t spend time trying to change people. They spend their energy creating the conditions in which people want to change.
- to talk less
- to listen more
- to craft purposeful questions
- the value of collaborative reflection
- to see things through the eyes of the teacher being coached
- that teachers’ goals shift and grow as they see evidence of change in themselves and their learners
- the value of protected time for teachers to reflect and talk about their practice
- that positive relationships contribute to effective coaching
- that effective coaching builds positive relationships
- that teachers’ observations of their own practice are even more powerful than observations by others
- that some teachers are happy to share the process of their growth, not just with other teachers, but with their students too
- that, even in the early stages, coaching can make a dramatic difference to teaching and learning
- that instigating change requires trying something different
- that self-directed learning is the most powerful kind there is
- the power of using data (about yourself as well as your learners) to inform teaching and learning…