Student Engagement- What We Learnt
It has been a great year. Twelve months of learning. .
Of learning, and of working out ways to use the lessons learnt to improve our work. Of failing forward by looking backwards.
The main point of learning foor us came in the first quarter of the year.
We learnt from professional teachers and friends teaching in the U.S. about how to engage students and how to make social contracts with them.
This was timely since it came at a time when student disengagement was at an all tiime high and indiscipline was proportionately similar.
Many teachers had given the school's rating at 20% score on discipline.
Through hardwork, making tough calls on staff and accountability the rating shifted at the end of the year. Student engagement was once again looking up. Indiscipline changed and the story was that the school had been remarkably transformed without using corporal punishment as many parents and teachers had initially thought.
We consistently applied the methods taught us during our student engagement workshops and became accountable to each other as teachers on the results we were looking for. The parents gave the support we needed and as a team we all worked to raising the student engagement climate within our school.
Though not where we would like it to be, the student engagement levels in the school improved. At the end of the year, the teachers gave a rating of about 60% from the previous score of 20%.
Some of the lessons learnt are:-
1. Where there are assumptions, fight them to get to the truth- truth liberates people to take right action
2. We learnt to face the truth even when it was ugly- Facing truth inspires corrective action
3. We learnt that high trust leads to swift action and hence almost rapid results.
We now are acting on these lessons getting information that will lead to truth, using truth and trusting each ther to deliver results that leads to changed lives.