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The word that will inspire me in 2015

The word that will inspire me in 2015 is

Relationships

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.

A blue blob of ink

I am sitting at school today. Yes, it’s school holidays, however we are getting our network cables fixed up so (hopefully) all will be working in our senior school building the beginning of next term. So, I’m making good use of the time by cleaning out files and folders on my laptop and ones backed up to the network. I discovered this great journal entry from April 2005 that I had written….


Sitting on my desk at home, was a small blue stamp that prints the word excellent and about 5 ticks. Over the holidays, I had corrected a large slab of the class’ writing and had used the stamp on the work of some students.

Seeing the stamp had reminded of a boy in my class, Sam, who loves playing with my limited collection of stamps at school. Every now and again, as we started to clean up the room for the end of the day, he would ask me if he could put stamps on the hands of those children who were cleaning up well or being good. Normally I tell him no, and that he should be playing with things on my desk, however, after what must have been a long and exhausting day, I agreed to let him do it; simply to get him out my face.

So, around he went, placing stamps on the hands of anyone he saw picking up paper off the floor, helping to clean the tables or helping other people.

Shortly after, the bell rang for the end of the school day. After inspecting the room and dismissing the grade, Sam walks over to my desk.

          “Hold out your hand” he says.

         “What for ?” I ask.

          “Just hold out your hand” he says again.

          He takes the lid off the stamp and makes a print on my wrist.

          “What’s that for ?” I asked him

            “Because… you were good today too”.

And with that, he opened the drawer on my desk, returned the stamp to where it belonged and raced out the door.

          “See Ya Mr D !” he yelled from the corridor

          “See Ya Sam !” I respond.

How simple – a small blob of blue ink, yet it made me feel so good.

I look down again at the stamp sitting on my desk. I take off the lid, press it on to my wrist and look down at the blue excellent and the group of ticks. Suddenly life doesn’t seem so bad after all.