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Leadership And the Elaboration of School Principles.

Edna Sackson of What Ed Said blog, discusses a topic of vital importance to administrators and school in general. Once you have declared what is your mission statement, what follows is to explain what education community believes about a particular school and the education is been carried out.

Sackson explains she is working on a Primary Years Programme school, and bases her list of principles and reflects on Simon Sinek’s TED talk about successful leadership. This a key point for educators. There are some teachers who haven not realized they are leaders, aware or not, they play a significant role in the community, where the school has a social impact.

Simon Sinek, writes the editor of What Ed Said, "highlights the importance of knowing WHY we do things and the importance of prioritizing the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ and ‘how’ in business, or leadership… or teaching."

Immediately, she asks for comments and suggestions on the list of principles she is working for the school she works on:

    » We learn in different ways, depending on abilities, learning styles, preferences and interests.
    » Learning takes place through inquiry: questioning, exploring, experimenting and problem solving.
    » Learning takes place when we make connections between previous and new understanding.
    » Learning for understanding occurs by acquiring skills and knowledge, constructing meaning and transfer to other contexts.
    » Learning is active and social and best takes place through collaboration and interaction.
    » Learning takes place when we feel secure and valued and are able to take risks.
    » Learning needs to be challenging, meaningful, purposeful and engaging.
    » Learning includes meta-cognition and reflection, and requires learners to take ownership of their learning.
    » Learning is continuous, lifelong and ever-evolving.

What I have to add is that this is a good example y practice for those involved with curricular design. What I value is the consciously inclusion of the word learning. Everything else should match with the objectives the institution has to serve its zone of influence.

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