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  1. Wayne

    This is so true. Building a culture of belonging is so important. Once we see the students and the community as “our” students and “our” community, that’s when amazing things begin to happen.

  2. Hello George,
    Dewey would say it’s our experiences and our reflection of them that leads to impactful learning. As many jobs become automated, it will be those who are able to relate and empathize (thankfully, traits that can’t be mechanized, yet.) who will succeed during rapid modernization. What are the experiences and interactions we desire for our learners? Answering this question, I believe, will go a long way towards supporting learning that sticks.
    Bob

  3. I agree that ownership is crucial not only for companies but for schools as well. Thats why we should find the way to create opportunities for ownership by all within the school!

  4. Kiran Pothula

    Great article! Totally agree. School is an integral part of the community. Community provides students and schools provide citizens. There is a cyclical movement of people between both systems. Then why the disconnect? Both systems should operate in collaboration and sync, with a dynamic relationship between the two! This us what will instill a true sense of belonging.

      • Gary Bau

        Class room ..responsibility applies within those confines, relentlessly pursues improvement of ‘their’ students..insists on more endeavour on ‘their’ subject.
        Eg. Flipped classroom (often more homework in disguise) encroaches on other areas of school and student personal activity.

        School teacher..enjoys yard duty! ..an opportunity to engage/empower students in being more confident and expressive. Contributes beyond ‘their’ subject..student activities, extended projects , year level trips/excursions

        Individual or team?
        Contributor or controller?
        Results focussed or whole student development?

  5. Jo Earl

    Every Interaction Matters – so true! It’s funny how some weeks something like this crops up in your inbox just when you need it. We are working hard to get everyone to take responsibility for “the experience of school” at our place. Great post.

  6. David Ivers (@edu_ivers )

    Brilliant article George. The problems @United are systems based and cultural. Systems include an algorithm in their seating database that do not recognize that people traveling on the same ticket would prefer to sit together. New York to Hawaii the program sat a 3yo 3 rows behind the mother; and they then had to manually reseat that section of the cabin. Investing in good programs to do the job properly is part of the problem. Systems and culture can often collide in an organization and you are right George, common sense must prevail. Anyone who has studied Policy and Policy Making at Master degree level know that “Policy is often changed or modified at the site of implementation”(Yeo). Empowering Staff, including Teachers remains a challenge for many school leadership teams. It starts by senior leaders letting middle leaders know that they can apply common sense – where it is pastoral to do so and not in just to others. A school culture rich in rituals with symbolic meaning can help bind a school community together to enhance the school experience. After all for most, staff, students and parents it is not just about the academic distance traveled (as measured by State Tests) but how you got there as well. The how you got there is what parents will talk about to other parents, including those seeking enrolment. This is a daily task of leadership.

  7. Shanna Opfer

    Making a difference is seem in the big and the small things! Educators have to be present, real, and accountable ALL the TIME! Kids are counting on responses that will help them grow to be the their best.

  8. Thank you for another wonderful post. Where else could anybody get that type of information in such a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

  9. Thanks George for a great article based on a simple yet compelling principle. Great post to stimulate reflection.

    Action is far more powerful than words, and action that is through others is so much more powerful in creating a learning culture in an organisation.

    Love it!

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