Children are the priority. Change is the reality. Collaboration is the strategy”. Judith Billings, Superintendent of Schools, Washngton State. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decision”.Stephen R Covey. There are two recent stand out moments for me this month regarding leadership, especially moral and values based leadership. The… Continue reading The leadership we need for our school communities now.
And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was endedAlbert Camus I had hoped to read my book on the three hour journey back to the UK from Chisinau, but found myself on a very crowded plane, with various people still finding the concept… Continue reading What kind of World do we want?
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tideHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Since I returned to Moldova on the 16th August, starting in earnest the preparations for what we all knew would be like no other academic year, there have been two distinct moments of complete relaxation where my thinking switched only to time, moment, place.… Continue reading The myth of ‘Covid secure’ and other gobbledygook starting a new academic year.
Nobody has a clue what the World will look like in 5 years' time. And yet, we’re meant to be educating children for it."Sir Ken Robinson There have been a number of Ken Robinson quotes rolling around my head this summer: from his “schools kill creativity” to “imagination is the source of human achievement”. One… Continue reading Finding hope in education as we prepare to return to a new academic year
DO NOT GET LOST IN A SEA OF DESPAIR. BE HOPEFUL, BE OPTIMISTIC.Rep. JOHN LEWIS 1940 - 2020 For most people I know and speak to, living in the present moment is a very difficult idea to hold in one’s mind right now as we move into the latter half of 2020. We are either… Continue reading Getting back to Global; the next normal. July 2020
Reflections on the first half of 2020 and other pandemic axioms. One of my favourite memes for 2020 is Marty and Doc Brown standing beside the crashed DeLorean with Doc telling Marty he shouldn’t have set it for 2020. My other one is the sign outside the bookshop saying 2020 written by Stephen King and… Continue reading We are all in the same storm, but not in the same vessel.
8th May The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk. Hegel "Congratulations, dear Robert!!! It is a really very very important activity the job your school is doing for our young generation, Thank you very much for such investment in our generation of new citizens, citizens of the future of the Moldova state. This is a very… Continue reading We made it and we are still here thanks to our whole school community; Hope, speranţă, надежда
April 10th There was an odd moment looking at all the amazing activity this week on our school social media when I realised that our "new normal" is now our "normal". The incredible teaching and learning that is in every lesson, every day in this crisis, now for over a month, is just remarkable. It… Continue reading We are still here – Education beating Covid-19
Mr. Rob : Lighthouse Keeper March 13th 2020 This has been an extraordinary and unprecedented week in the life of our young school. I write this completely without hyperbole and after 25 years in education; half of these as a senior leader leading schools and working with schools and their communities around the World. The… Continue reading Notes from the Lighthouse
In the unprecedented times we find ourselves, this month's blog is presented in a different format: a podcast. A transcript will follow shortly. My entire focus for the past three weeks has been on readying my school community for the realities of what has now become a global pandemic: Covid-19 is a now familiar term… Continue reading More Teacher Talk – COVID-19 and a response from school leadership: carry the flame and defend the weak, with Robert Ford