Last week, our Student Voice students presented an assembly to all year groups on the importance of a respectful protocol when travelling on the bus.
Last week, our Student Voice students presented an assembly to all year groups on the importance of a respectful protocol when travelling on the bus. Not only was I very proud of these students but I was also thrilled to think that Student Voice had a very positive impact upon an extremely important aspect of every students’ day. On Friday, I was then able to present an i-Pad as a prize to one of our Year 11 students who had participated in an Ofqual survey. It was lovely to see the surprise and amazement on Olivia’s face, but it was also good to be able to reinforce the message that Olivia had, along with all of our Year 11, made a positive impact on the future of assessment in education as a participant of the survey.
Over the course of this weekend, I read an article on Einstein which explained how he is stated that, "It’s not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer." In my assembly, I mentioned the importance of making an impact and how students can do this by asking questions to develop their own learning and that of others. It is important that we make questioning a habit – this is how we extend our learning and that of others. It is commonly known that small children question everything then, as we get older, we lose that innate skill and become more conformist and less creative. We saw this on Friday, when our Year 5 primary guests participated in an Art Workshop. Their creativity was outstanding – they have no barriers and really just ‘run with’ their ideas. Everything from the inspiration for the Red Cross, to the birth of the Internet, to the invention of the mobile phone, can be traced back to a question. Warren Berger, in his book, A More Beautiful Question, described a beautiful question as ‘an ambitious, yet actionable, question that can begin to shift the way we think about something. It can serve as a catalyst to bring about change’. He suggested that you start building your own beautiful question by looking to where your interests and passions lie and that you should ask yourself what you care about. Look for a tough problem that needs solving. Once you have found a challenge worth pursuing, he explained that you must put it into the form of a "How might I?" question. So, as we embark upon our theme of ‘Proactivity’ for this week, I would challenge everyone to take the initiative to ask questions and step forward with the concept of “How might I?” - with the aim of having an impact and bringing about change! I shall look forward therefore, to seeing the power of this in a similar vein to that of our Student Voice and Olivia, along with our Year 11. What a great way to embark upon our week of proactivity.