VFLR Celebrates Connected Educator Month (Wk 5)

During Connected Educators Month we’re sharing frontline stories about what it means to be a connected teacher and leader, in the classroom and the school. Each Wednesday we’re featuring several articles by Voices from the Learning Revolution bloggers — posts that capture the spirit and immense value of connected professional learning.

FINAL WEEK: When you change your teaching, expect some failure. Will passion based learning work in primary? Teach by getting out of the way. And a final extravaganza: our 13 most popular posts of 2011!

Teacher Fails: Let's Talk

I recently blogged about the importance of cultivating a culture where our students are expected to fail sometimes — it’s part of taking risks. We need to do this as teachers too. The first step, of course, is to create a culture of trust and support among teachers, and that’s hard in the midst of high-stakes testing and the publishing of teacher and school rankings. The only way this will happen is if we’re honest.

I’ll go first.