The unspoken promise of education

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A mission statement for educators

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I can see clearly now …. Sue Hellman May 2011

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An act of courage and trust, becoming a student can be a risky business.

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The promise inherent in the teacher/learner relationship

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is that we can be depended upon

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to create the conditions

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in which learning will flourish.

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Because we tend to teach as we were taught, ‘TRADITIONAL’ METHODS ‘AUTHENTIC’ MODEL

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educators, too, need mentors whose vision

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ignites our creativity

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and empowers us to reach greater heights.

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The magic of learning is embodied in the networks of neural connections forged when we learn.

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Support and guidance

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nurture innovative risk-taking.

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Laughter keeps us going.

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It’s those who struggle that will challenge our resolve

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to appreciate their strengths

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and not be misled by their bravado

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into underestimating the fragility within.

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Exemplary teaching = leading by example + modeling excellence

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Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science. ~ Richard Elmore

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And… success is the quality of the journey.

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