Tony gave a great keynote on “zest practice” which was his play on “best practice”. Tony had many observations on motivation in the classroom and the power of proactive dialogue (always talking from a positive mindset). Always praise effort.
He had a few messages that resonated with me.
1. If you have a child at school ask yourself this. How good is the feeling you have when you know your son/daughter has a passionate teacher who does a great job. Now turn that on yourself as a principal and teacher - Do your parents sit at home and feel great about you as a teacher/principal.
2. Luck isn't always a factor, it happens to those who make it happen. We get lots of visitors and I will often say, "we are lucky, our kids are great". Often the reply is "yeah you guys are so lucky". The reality though is kids are great everywhere and it comes down to hard work and a few laughs, luck isn't a factor.
3. Video your practice. It can be personal and private. While on sabbatical 2 years ago I went for a golf lesson. We walked outside with clubs ready to go. The guy gave me no tips, he just said play a few shots, he videoed from behind, the side, and did a close-up of the grip. We walked inside, he put it on the TV. My first reaction was "Oh My God" I need to do this and that and this. You are an expert teacher, listen to yourself, watch yourself, watch your movements, listen to the class. This is a no brainer, do it for a short time frame, 30 minutes or so therefore you don't bore yourself to death.
4. Zest practice. Every moment you model an inspired teacher you are modeling an inspired school. The sky is your limit.
5. What Tony did real well was give teachers thinking tools to use with kids, fast simple and full of common sense. All sorts of discussion tools, inquiry tools and more, You should have attended. Brilliant.
A list of books, videos and things to google from NZC and my notes;
Bounce, Matthew Syed - great book even I have read this, the penny will drop - easy to read and makes absolute sense.
Models of the worlds we live in - John Holt
Julia Atkin EPS educational positioning system
TED - Elizabeth Gilbert
TED - Daniel Pink autonomy mastery purpose.
Fierce Conversations - Susan Scott
How to talk to so kids can learn - Adelle Faber
Learning Talk - Hyerle
The ripple effect - Tony Ryan
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