The headmaster I'm working with in my mathematics teacher training is amazing. I quoted him once in a previous article and last week during the staff meeting he said something that rang a bell with me and I'm sure it will resonate with you too. In fact, he reminded me of something Rickson called his "blessing and curse".
Mr M said:
Mr M said:
"You're all feeling tired and I know that. I feel tired too."
Monday morning. a few people smiled and nodded.
"But what I want to share with you is my suggestion as to why you are tired."
People started listening.
You don't get tired when you never chase attendance and unifrom rules and homework.
You don't get tired when you don't try to include everyone in your class in the discussion and take responsibility for their learning.
You don't get tired when you simply try to coast thru the days, weeks, months and years.
You get tired when you raise your standards. You get tired when "good enough" is no longer good enough"
That's exactly when master Rickson said when we chatted to him privately in Amsterdam:
"My blessing and curse is that I've never accepted "good enough". I know it's ok for others, but it was never OK for me"
So if you are feeling tired, congratulations and well done.
*Mr M is a very passionate highschool head teacher who turned this school's performance from an 8% pass rate to 50% in under 2 years.
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Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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