Posts by Cameron Paterson
How can you recognize opportunities for change in school? Here are some ideas about how to find inspiration and lead innovation applied to the schooling context.
Only 59% of teachers surveyed are confident voicing their honest opinions and concerns, but as Cameron Paterson explains, the rich experience and expertise of teachers mean that their opinions should be sought, listened to, and highly valued.
Many problems identified specifically with ineffective teaching practices are attributed to teacher isolation. When teachers collaborate, they share experiences and knowledge that can promote learning for instructional improvement.
In Reggio Emilia, an early childhood approach that has evolved over the past 50 years, schooling is based on the pedagogies of listening and relationships. A great deal of children’s work is done in small groups, grounded in meaningful projects. Learn more here.
Every student has different realities from their teacher, but this is especially the case if the teacher is from another ethnic, racial, cultural or socioeconomic background. This uniqueness of each student’s experience is a fundamental, and often overlooked, piece of the teaching and learning puzzle.
The Shadow a Student Challenge is a journey that starts with seeing school through a student's eyes in order to identify opportunities to improve the school experience. It's not too late to sign up for the 2018 challenge--learn more here!
In order to engrain the habits of metacognition and continuous improvement into both ourselves and those we serve, we need actionable behaviors that we can personally model before we will be able to develop structures and cultures that will encourage those skills.
Some educators find the thought of professional development during holidays anathema, while others enjoy finding a quiet meditative moment to explore new ideas. Creativity tends to strike when we are in the shower or on a quiet walk, and holidays can provide this brain space.