The word that will inspire me in 2015

The word that will inspire me in 2015 is


Professional Relationships

I am changing schools yet again in 2015. I’m teaching Grade 2 for three days a week (something new for me) and will be sharing the class with another teacher (something new for me) so I can work on my role. Part of this will be leading the introduction of online assessment and reporting using Compass, using data to inform teaching and learning and supporting staff and students in their use of ICT.

In a previous post, I talked about advice I would offer teachers new to the role of ICT co-ordinator. and focused on the need to understand ‘where things are at’.

As a classroom teacher, this will involve getting to know each of the students in my class; their interests, their strengths, their weaknesses, their hopes and dreams for the future. I will need to build relationships with their parents as partners in their child’s learning. I will need to build a positive working relationship with my co-teaching partner so together we can achieve the best for the students in our care.

As a school leader, I will need to build relationships with the rest of the staff. Understand their experience, their beliefs, their needs and desires, their professional goals and what they each need from me. I need to make time to work with them, to celebrate their successes and set goals for continuous improvement. I will need to build relationships with those in nearby schools and beyond so I can draw on their expertise and experience to help shape and guide my own.

Personal Relationships

I also need to work on building a better relationship with myself. I touched on in a previous post about how tired and burnt out I felt at the end of the year. Too often I let ‘professional me‘ take over ‘personal me‘ and things like exercise and eating well are always the first to drop off. I need to remember that these are just as important and help me to function at my best.

I need to remember the personal relationships with friends and family and ensure that I make time to connect with them.

Whilst I love education, I also need to remember that this should not be the sole things that defines me as a person. In his book In his book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, Steven Covey talks about the need to “sharpen the saw“. I need to develop other interests outside of this field and engage in activities that contribute to a work\life balance. I am excited to be working closer to home this year and using time that would have previously been spent travelling to explore and search for other interests.

4 thoughts on “The word that will inspire me in 2015

    1. Mr Duncan Post author

      Hi Aaron – Thanks for the comment. I’ll add ‘Compelling Leadership’ to my (ever increasing) list of professional reading.


  1. Rick KT

    Hi Scott,
    Good luck in your new role this year. It’s an interesting position you have. I look forward to reading more reflections as the year rolls on. I found starting at a new school fascinating a couple of years back. After being at my old school for 7 years, starting from the ground up in relationships was an element I had not given much thought to. It was like having to grow your reputation back from the bare beginnings in a new community. At times, a big challenge, but ultimately fruitful.

    I am with you 100% in the personal relationships category. I have strived to get back to that proper balance over the past few years. It has been of huge benefit. Revisiting a hobbie, cooking a nice meal every night, going for walks, doing a podcast. All these things helped contribute. I am reading some stuff from ‘Busy’ by Tony Crabbe. He talks about how to ‘resurrect’ personal relationships. A fine read.

    1. Mr Duncan Post author

      Hi Rick,

      Thanks for your comment. I worked out the yesterday that this will be the fifth school that I have worked at over my career, so I’ve become a bit familiar with process of ‘starting from the ground up’. Each time I’ve learnt something new in the process. It’s always interesting to see how different schools function and that you can’t always pickup something you did previously and repeat the process in a new setting.

      I hope you continue to ‘sharpen your saw’ with the ‘Two Regular Teachers’ podcast in 2015 as I thoroughly enjoyed listening last year. Both you and Adam provided great entertainment on the long commute to work each week and I loved hearing ‘story time’ each episode; so many experiences that ‘regular teachers’ can relate to!

      Thanks also for the reading recommendation – Another one to add to the list!



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