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Listen to Learn

Published on: Friday, September 14, 2018

Listen to Learn is a powerful mantra in teaching – or general life for that matter. Mrs Hardy has a quote from the Dalai Lama amongst the many on her wall which reads “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”

This message was in plentiful supply today in a Year 4 PE lesson I watched and the children were excellent advocates for the benefits. The staff were constantly reinforcing the positives and highlighting WILF and WGLL – acronyms for What I’m Looking For and What Good Looks Like – and the children responded rapidly and demonstrated that when tuned in to the instructions, technical advice, opportunities to learn from other good examples and praise offered they learned most rapidly.

Talking of acronyms or initials, I was in the staff room early this morning and was privy to a lovely exchange. Schools are very strong on the use of staff initials in all administrative areas – some even become known by their initials. Anyhow, we have a few new monikers to get used to this term and one of our brilliant new team members was in front of the staff pigeon holes distributing sheets which had been labelled by initials. They couldn’t find the slot they were seeking to match the initials on the final piece of paper in their hand so inquired of the early morning coffee crew, “Whose initials are SCR?”. “Staff Common Room,” came the reply, “it’s the copy to go on the noticeboard!”.

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