Hannah believes in a school where people are active and excited, but the reality in some primary classrooms is that they aren’t fun and exciting places to be. Some teachers are tired, feel disempowered and lack autonomy, making it harder for them to make learning interesting and engaging for students. At Hannah’s school, some people contributed to a negative culture of complaining rather than problem solving, and experienced a lack of community and of self-worth.
Hannah decided to promote a positive environment at her school, where everyone feels empowered and ready to learn.
She encouraged people to solve problems rather than complain, shutting down negative talk and asking her colleagues to ‘be the bigger person’ and to have integrity so that a culture of trust could be fostered.
Supporting and encouraging those who’d lost the wind in their sails, Hannah implemented a series of curriculum programs to re-inspire and empower her colleagues in their teaching and learning. She didn’t reinvent the wheel and instead introduced tried-and-tested initiatives like STEM learning, the 6Ds, and student-led inquiry programs. Using these respected programs meant that Hannah and the staff she worked with could experience success, felt empowered and as if they could tangibly change the world for their students.
“We’re still human and everything has a season. This is lifelong and we want to leave the world better and more sustainable.”
Hannah’s teaching initiatives have positively impacted at least 23 students this year.
“It’s early days and I’m at the start of my career. Our class is a dream team! There is empathy, respect, ownership. Programs like STEM and the 6D’s model help us to practice problem solving and acts of kindness daily, and it’s making us feel unstoppable!
Last Friday our class was exploring earthquake resistant buildings in STEM. The four groups had evolved from people struggling to collaborate (requiring me to ask lots of prompting questions), through to teams of thinkers, designers and doers, who were sharing, growing, learning and trying. We all felt great and there was such a buzz!”
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Hannah would love your support for Negativity Gets Us Nowhere, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Hannah and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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