Now That’s What I Call “Outstanding”

Aug 23, 2013

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This is the first of three videos we’ve made to motivate you in the coming school year (the others are ‘If’ — For New Teachers and Little Video, Big Messages).

With a new term looming and inspired by a passage in Mick Waters’ Thinking Allowed: On Schooling (review to come!), we started with this one. It’s an encouragement, wherever you are in the world, that there’s a lot more to “outstanding” that can never be seen by someone breezing into your classroom for a 20 minute lesson observation… The things you do on the quiet matter so much more. Keep on doing your thang.

Feel free to download a copy of this video if you want to use it as a morale booster — just right-click here and save to your computer. We’d love to hear how you’ve used it! As well as Vimeo, we’ve put it on YouTube too, if you want to share it that way…

An explanation for those of you in foreign climes: here in the UK the word “outstanding” isn’t just an adjective. It’s the top rating given to schools and lessons when they are inspected by our government department, OFSTED. But a less-than-outstanding lesson on the day when OFSTED come to call by no means makes a less-than-outstanding teacher. Most of it should translate — a “Teachmeet” is an out-of-school-hours meet-up run by teachers for teachers to share good practice…

You can watch the other videos here: “If” — For New Teachers and here: Little Video, Big Messages.

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So, what do you think?

  1. This was just shared by Jill Berry of the National College with some of our Principals @ workshop in Trinidad & Tobago. Brilliant!! This will be shared in many schools when they open next week! Gr8 teacher motivator!

    3:22 pm on August 24th, 2013

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