Reflection through professional learning
Sue Kelly discovers a dazzling array of practical ideas for developing reflection within this comprehensive professional studies guide for beginning teachers.
‘Sussing’ Out The SENCO
Adam Twyman examines different conceptions of the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinators and outlines the implications for the professional development of staff through a description of his own school’s practice.
Gaining a picture of children’s learning
Karen Vincent shares her research into the use of cameras to understand more about young children’s thinking. She reveals how this can provide not just insights for children but can also inform the professional learning of teachers.
How to… make the connection between resilience and well-being
In contrast to some commentators who provide a set of tools or strategies to foster resilience (e.g. Allison, 2011), others like Michael Pearn (2011) feel that the approach of leaders to developing resilience is “not a package, not a system”.
How to… draw from the Reservoir of Hope
We have seen that a key feature of resilience relates to how leaders and schools deal with adversity in a positive way. The environment and social context is important but so is the issue of what the individual leader brings to the situation.
How to… develop resilient schools – the flywheel of change
Much that has been researched and written regarding resilience in schools reflects this image of the building of pressure for change and a tipping point that which brings with it a momentum of support and success
How to… ask the hard questions
The range of research into resilience has generated some insight into the effective practices of resilient leaders. Drysdale, Goode and Gurr (2011) found in their Australian case studies that leaders’ performance was maintained through the characteristics.
How to… address the challenges and characteristics of resilient leadership
Leadership features strongly in considerations about resilience, both in terms of being resilient as a leader and with regard to increasing resilience through leadership.
How to… understand what we mean by resilience?
What do we mean by resilience in leaders and in the schools in which they work? Well, in essence it relates to overcoming adversity to obtain good results. The term has its origins in child development research where it was seen as a capacity to recover from adverse events.