Last weekend I was fortunate to attend an IB PYP Conference in Singapore. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage in conversations with school leaders from different parts of the world, who like us are striving to be as effective as possible in educating children.
It is a very inspiring time to be a teacher. The 21st Century is constantly evolving at an unprecedented rate, which means that more than ever we need to be clear about how we support children in their learning. With that understanding comes the realisation that learning might not look like it did 20, 30 or 40 years ago, and that’s exciting because it means that we are really focusing upon what the children need to be successful in the world in which they are growing up.
More so than ever before education needs to ENABLE children:
- Enable them to develop their emotional intelligence (EQ), in the 21st Century EQ is more important than IQ.
- Enable them to think for themselves and learn how to be problem solvers
- Enable them to engage in learning which is developmentally appropriate and relevant; as stress is counterproductive to learning progress.
- Enable them to have opportunities in life to determine their strengths and interests and the time needed to build on these, practice and accomplishment is important – as these things build healthy selfesteem, good mental health and a clear sense of purpose.
- Enable them to have time to pursue their own interests, rest or ‘be’ – stillness and quiet are important.
At SPW we are very committed to building effective relationships with families. Thank you for continuing to work in partnership with us for the benefit of your wonderful children.
“A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat on his strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.”
Anthony de Mello
Wishing all SPW families a wonderful weekend