Mr. Tom, Head of School, and Mr. James, Deputy Head of School, finish planning, leading, teaching, and learning during normal school hours. After that they seek continued professional learning activities with other successful global leaders in education. This week they were the only two international education leaders invited to join top UK school leaders and author Ms. Sonia Gill, Managing Director of HeadsUp for an invitation only webinar about ‘How to make schools genuinely outstanding’.
Deeper understanding can be gained by reflecting on this article by John Hagel III in the Harvard Business Review
What Motivates Lifelong Learners
‘I believe that we all have the potential for this form of passion. Go to a playground and watch children 5-6 years old. They have all of the elements required: curiosity, imagination, creativity, and a willingness to take risks, and connect with others.
Instead, I believe that the reason that the numbers are so low for adults is that most of us have been discouraged from pursuing something that is intrinsically human so that we can fit in to institutions that want us to become cogs in a machine, following the process manual to the letter, faster and cheaper. That’s because employers have traditionally been suspicious of this form of passion. Passionate explorers ask too many questions, they deviate from the assigned script, and they take too many risks.’
Returning to content from the Webinar learning enjoyed by Mr. James and Mr. Tom, many schools are okay and happy with being good. We at Saigon Star International School, embrace learning at all levels and the associated challenges, because we aim to advance from very good to ‘Outstanding’. In doing so, we welcome parent involvement and support for our amazing educators because they are the frontline workers directly and positively leading learning for all of our star learners.
The pandemic has been a challenge for all. That said, Saigon Star International School is in communication with schools globally to learn together to provide the best online learning for every learner. We indeed are excited and planning for a safe and marvelous return to campus. Until that time, please know that we are appreciative of parent support in helping us to keep Saigon Star learners as first priority. Our stars are bright stars indeed.