Climate Change ….. One of the most used phrases being thrown around by people. Not only in politics, but in education, business, and everyday conversations. But do we really know what we are talking about and are we putting our best foot forward as teachers to ensure we educate the future generation about this topic?
Within schools we have a wide range of programmes designed at preparing students for the increasing technological and digital world in which they both already live, and will live in the future. E-Safety, digital citizenship or digital leader are just some of the terms used in schools. But what exactly should we be covering?
You remember the brilliant kids, the ones who really buy in to your teaching style and chat to. You remember the rogues – the really naughty, disengaged ones…but what about the kids in the middle? The ones who just potter along, never acting out but never really excelling?
A good computing curriculum not only gives students the ability to understand computer code, but also a chance to problem solve. This could be as simple as a little debugging code or doing 5 line coding challenges in visual languages such as scratch. From there they can be truly creative and come up with solutions to real world problems.
Schools that build a sense of community, encourage collaboration and recognise the power of their staff are, for me, the most enjoyable places to work. Vision, values and ethos may, to the more cynical among us, just seem like buzzwords that are banded around too often by educators but, they have the power to shift the alignment of a school community, tip the scales in the right direction and start bringing about real change that benefits our young people.
Being an NQT is a unique thing. I remember arriving with the attitude of “I can make a difference” or “I have some great ideas”. I am really pleased to say that I still think that now because if I didn’t I shouldn’t be doing this job. There will be others far more long in the tooth that say to you as an NQT “get used to it” or “that’s just way it is” but as I’ll explain there are a whole host of characters you’ll meet in the ‘School Jungle’.