Mentoring to Assist Teacher Professional Development

Here’s a fascinating insight in to one perspective on teacher mentoring.

Ed Week Article on Mentoring Teachers

As i read it i couldn’t help feeling one of those ‘aha’ moments coming on. Within educational leadership and the wider community everyone, by and large, accepts as a truism that quality of teachers/ teaching will be one of the biggest determinants of quality of education.

And yet, somehow, educators can get so wrapped up in time for responding to parents, prospective parents, administration etc. that it sometimes gets hard for them to find time to actually, really know what’s happening in the classrooms. The job of education leaders has to be academic leadership. Teachers might want their Principals and leaders to get ‘so busy’ they don’t have time to explore what’s going on in classrooms, but that is a recipe for mediocrity and very average teaching. Teachers, like any other true professionals respond effectively to mentoring, coaching and motivation. Also like any other professional they are unlikely to respond effectively to being left to work in the dark without feedback or information.

Not only do we need to ensure that professional educators receive active academic leadership, but also that they receive effective mentoring.

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Growing Popularity of IB Programme Worldwide

Guardian Article on IB

Here’s an interesting article about the growth of the International Baccalaureate worldwide. As a school, we are certainly convinced that the programme is proving to be a very effective preparation for international university admissions for our students.

Caring About Sport – With passion

had to share this link to an article on the legal action being pursued by a good friend.

Rahul Mehra article

I can’t help thinking that the more people talk about what Rahul is doing, back him on the net, more media coverage – the more it should speed up the chances of positive results – something that has to be wanted by every sports lover in the country.

Children’s Vacations

here’s an interesting blog post from a working mother who really puts her point across very well about how long summer vacations are doing no favours for the children and no favours for the parents.

We at TSRS do have a unique ‘on-off’ issue this year where we need a longer summer break to allow for critical construction work at Aravali. With the children out of school we can work a lot quicker and be sure that no children are being put at risk when it comes to safety.

However, in other years my sympathies are with this mother and her children. There’s been plenty of research done worldwide that shows clearly that long breaks are detrimental both to learning and the skills and habits of learning. Also, as she quite rightly points out, it’s not as if the children are getting to spend the 2 months “running free”.

You really have to stop and ask at some point – who is this serving and in what way? And, if the answer’s not good enough we have to commit to change things:

A mother’s plea

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