Thursday, 29 January 2015
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Monday, 26 January 2015
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Friday, 23 January 2015
There is a great difference between failing to achieve a result and the conclusion you draw about yourself. In Carol Dweck's book 'Mindset' she explains that those who stay down after a setback make a judgment that they have failed, not just that their attempt failed. Moreover, people with a 'fixed mindset' often generalize from their “failures” to conclusions such as, “I am a loser,” and “I will probably always fail. Therefore, they assume, there is no point in getting up and working at problems and issues. So they quit, they give up and they seek a more comfortable option such as eating, drinking, shopping whatever to avoid facing what they consider to be their personal failure.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
At the heart of the Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" approach is a recognition that to be successful young people need skills, behaviours and character traits alongside knowledge and understanding and that we need to develop a curriculum entitlement that develops all of these.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
The last two years, working in Sheffield on the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield programme, has helped me to better understand that developing better learners and better workers requires us to pay attention to students’ mindsets, skills, strategies, and behaviours as well as their content knowledge and academic skills. Interestingly, this approach is supported by something I have been reading...
Monday, 19 January 2015
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Thursday, 15 January 2015
While I was in Sheffield today, I also met with colleagues from the schools working on the engineering/advanced manufacturing strand of the Cutlers’ “Made in Sheffield’ Programme. These schools are Bradfield School, Firth Park Community College, Handsworth Grange School, Stocksbridge High School, Westfield School and Yewlands Academy.
I was in Sheffield today for a breakfast meeting with headteachers, principals and colleagues from the schools involved in the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield scheme. We are meeting twice a year to review the progress we are making and to look at how we can continue to develop the work we have been doing.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
We have come a very long way since I started out in this wonderful profession and together we have achieved so much with technology changing the learning landscape beyond anything I could have imagined. And by the way don't believe those miserable individuals who constantly run down what our schools and our young people are achieving… all the evidence suggests that our young people are smarter and cleverer than ever and so are our teachers!
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015
What always surprises me is how much potential there is out there. Our job as leaders, as managers, as coaches, as teachers, as parents, as people who care, is to help individuals set their goals, realise their enormous potential and understand that this is not as good as it gets! And, I realise more and more as I get older that it is all about co-operation, teamwork, networking and partnering.