From the Principal – Christopher Prance
Judi, my wife, and I have had some time to reflect of late as Judi has finished her work at a fellow Anglican School, after many years of unswerving commitment to the education of young children. What Judi and I have reflected on though in this time are some difficult questions:
- What message are our children getting?
- How resilient are these children?
- Are we allowing these children to live their lives through their successes and failures?
- Are we setting them up to be life-long learners with the necessary respect and perseverance to manage the difficulties that come along in life?
- What support do children need from teachers and parents to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes needed for life time successes?
With help from an article entitled “Great minds and how to grow them” by Wendy Berliner and Deborah Eyre, I provide a simple summary, in thinking right and behaving right.
- Help children sort out their own issues when they get stuck, rather than sorting it out for them.
- Help children see and build a bigger picture of thinking which helps them connect with a wider world.
- Help children build imagination because creativity builds capability.
- Help children deduct, hypothesise, reason and seek evidence by asking, “What do you think?”
- Help children to monitor their own progress by asking them what they need to be able to do.
- Encourage children to have a ‘can do’ attitude rather than ‘I can’t’.
- Continue to model open-mindedness as this modelling impacts directly on children, who watch us all the time.
- Encourage children to ask questions because their curiosity is at the heart of their learning.
- Get children to school on time and always begin with a default position that demonstrates support for authority and for your child’s school.
- Ensure that there is quality time given for children to regularly and deliberately have planned practice at achievable goals.
- Preach perseverance, as it is so important for children to learn that they must keep going even though it sometimes gets tough.
It is also timely for Judi and I to be reflecting as our daughter is expecting our first grandchild. Yes a time for reflection, on the role of teachers and parents in supporting children to become the very best they can be.