Give Students Ownership


While ‘alternative methods‘ of education may not be everybody’s cup-of-tea, I believe there’s always something we can learn from each other.

It seems the key to success for these ‘alternative’ methods  is the emphasis on children taking responsibility for their own actions and learning – definitely something we can apply in classrooms around the UK today.

What else can we learn from them?



Speaking positively

This week I was invited to witness a celebration. 4 of our students, who struggled to speak positively about themselves a few weeks ago invited me to hear them share their ‘I can’ statements. I’m so proud of their determination…

I grinned from ear to ear as they proudly told us positive things they believe about themselves – ‘I can be creative’; ‘I can read a map’; ‘I can speak positively about myself’; ‘I can improve my behaviour in school’; ‘I can be brave – and I’m being brave now standing here and telling you this’.

What a great way for them to head in to half term!

“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” James Comer (1995)