There is no doubt that the education system is in crisis and something needs to change. I am putting out a challenge here if you are ready to accept it. What needs to change is you, or rather your responses and view of the world. I know because I had to do it myself. There is actually nothing wrong with you, you are a divine wonderful being.
I was one of the statistics. I left full time teaching (the first time) after 3 years. I was having a difficult time in my personal life as well as being bullied at school. I hadn't been given the tools to cope.
However now I realise it was more than that. It was the sense of being caged, being restricted, feeling I needed to be perfect and that someone was always judging me.
Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world to educate the next generation. However education is not stuffing their heads full of facts so they can pass exams. The word 'education' comes from 2 Latin words 'educare' - to train, and 'educere' - to lead out.
When I trusted my instincts and followed my heart, rather than the curriculum, the results generally took care of themselves. However it is a sad fact, which seems to be more prevalent among school leaders, that many teachers are afraid to do what they know best.
It has been proved scientifically that our thoughts shape our reality. So how are your thoughts and responses shaping the reality in your school or classroom? The thing is, everything you need is already within you. You don't need any government directives or OFSTED judgements to tell you how to run your school. You need to lead with love, from the heart. That takes real strength.
Many schools do not have a clear vision. Every school is a collection of unique individuals so no 2 visions will be the same. What is your vision, for yourself and your school? Do you need more clarity or just a non-judgmental ear? Coaching is about bringing the best out of you, not about telling you what you should do.
Contact us today to discuss how we can help you and to find out more about coaching.
It's a sad fact that most people live their lives in a reactive state. This is especially true in schools where you have several hundred disparate personalities thrown together. Things are starting to change, slowly, for the better with more schools embracing mindfulness and coaching.
However it starts at the top. I know from my experience of working in over 40 different educational establishments that it is very difficult not to react unskilfully when those around you are in this state. School leaders need to take ownership of their own emotional triggers and learn to respond appropriately. How many times I have seen members of SLT shouting at kids in the corridor, for example, I can't remember.
By practising meditation and mindfulness we become more aware of our mental states and emotions. We start to notice patterns and it is usually the same situations that will trigger a strong reaction. We then have a choice how to respond. How would it be when 'that' child from year 9 is sent to your office yet again if you responded with kindness and compassion instead of reading them the riot act? What is it about their behaviour that is making you feel this way? Can you identify something from your past?
It is not easy and takes practice. Everyone is doing their best with the tools they have been given and their current circumstances. If you are feeling stuck and frustrated and would like a non-judgemental listening ear then please contact us today to find out how we can help you and your school.