Last week I was preparing for an interview (and writing another paper) when I came across the research of Louise Stoll and Dean Frank in 1996. I was immediately struck by their research into the characteristics and traits of an improving school:
Ten norms of an improving school:
- Shared goals
- Responsibility for success
- Continuous improvement
- Lifelong learning
- Risk taking
- Mutual respect
- Celebration and humour
Then I thought…these are the same for an increasingly effective classroom too… maybe even in lots of ways a family all bouncing of the walls together in a house as well, or even a relationship at the start and even after fifty years? Perhaps different synonyms to suit the context, but still pertinent? Food for thought. Any lacking where you are?
Education is about being human in the end… We want to learn to be the best humans we can be…together.