Distracted by fads

As we explore the issues of burn out in our teachers, it is also timely to consider where we ask out educators to spend their time. Much is made of the need to ensure we are using effective pedagogies, yet, at the same time, we see an urge to fads in our schools.

It is heartening to see luminaries such as Andy Hargreaves and Stephen Dinham warn us of the danger of asking our teachers to spend time on strategies with no proven value in promoting student learning.

It is also a good reminder that following the thinking of these thought leaders is easy with social media and takes just a few minutes a day. This would be a good sharing session with staff: what has your social media prompted your curiosity this week?