Few of us would dispute the importance of questioning in the classroom, but it is less well explored as a leadership tool. I would argue that a well-chosen question is of great value when posed by a senior leader to a head of department, and that improving our questioning for leadership is a very worthwhile … Continue reading Leading Questions
Yesterday evening I had a happy but humbling Edu-Twitter experience which made me feel like the kangaroo in Elmer and the Stranger (McKee 2009). For those of you who do not have young children, I will briefly summarise the (less than complex) plot. Elmer, the patchwork elephant, meets a kangaroo who thinks he cannot jump, … Continue reading The Elmers of Edu-Twitter
I was struck by the recent Teacher Tapp results on pupil progress meetings, which indicated that three quarters of respondents have experience of them and that over half consider them useful. I have sat through many of these meetings, often as the senior leader in charge. I was always uncertain of their value and these … Continue reading Are pupil progress meetings worthwhile?
In a faraway realm there lived a princess. She was almost old enough to take part in the annual Great Ordeal, which all young people from noble houses were required to enter. Expectations of this event were always raised when a child of royal blood was involved, and the turn of the princess was anticipated … Continue reading Wagging the Dog: A Tale