What does it take to be a changemaker? This is a question I have reflected on recently, and in particular with regard to my good fortune to engage with some amazing educators over the last few months, all from the comfort of my own home. During August and September we confirmed seven new CollectivED Fellows who are joining a buoyant international network, each one is a changemaker and worthy of celebration.
It is interesting to reflect on what enables or constrains coaches and mentors (both formal and informal) in our work; and how structures might help to scaffold practice at different stages of our own professional development. This blogpost draws on participants’ ‘chat box’ contributions during a CollectivED Fellows evening webinar held on the 24th September 2020. The conversation allowed us to reflect on how structures and protocols support us when we coach and mentor others.
CollectivED Fellow Henry Sauntson, tells us how important it is for mentors to remember their trainees are not yet fully fledged teachers and they need to support them in many different ways.
CollectivED Fellow Jasen Booton tells us how embedding creative thinking into coaching conversations, often generates more possibilities and creative solutions.
The pandemic has shed light on the role of education networks and the need to feel supported. As leaders and teachers adjusted to the new normal official guidance was often hard to come by, policies and practices were constructed on the hoof and adjustments were made down the line. Spaces opened up to develop new ways of working, and some educators had more capacity and confidence than others to occupy these spaces. At times it must have felt like a race, and at other times it was probably a relief to see a peer get one step ahead and forge a way that that they could mentor you through.
In August we welcomed six new CollectivED Fellows, all of whom contributed to Issue 11 of the CollectivED Working Papers. As such their insights into practice and research related to supporting the learning and wellbeing of other educators are illustrative of some of the freshest thinking around. As one school year rolls into the next the profession welcomes colleagues into new leadership roles, primary and early years teachers switch year groups, new parents return from maternity leave and our student and trainee teachers graduating in 2020 become our Newly Qualified Teachers.
EduTwitter can become a very volatile place. It is perhaps inevitable that people who use it to express views and share ideas and resources find some of their natural communication styles and proclivities distilled and sharpened there.
Education is not a preparation for life, education is life! Adding lifeblood to education through CollectivED Fellowship
‘Education is not a preparation for life, education is life!’. This phrase jumped out at me from headteacher Rae Snape’s recent CollectivED Fellowship application. In ten simple words it captures such wisdom, communicates optimism and also pulls us up short.
This blog post starts with a personal reflection and goes on to celebrate the work of six new CollectivED Fellows who work across a range of educational settings both in the UK and internationally.