As we shift our thinking from what we do TO children in schools, to what children need from us as capable, creative and curious individuals, considering the well-being of our children surfaces as an essential part of the work. In particular, children must own the learning, and see themselves in the curriculum. How do we honour the developing identities of our students?
Two quotes from Leading from the Middle 2018 help direct our thinking:
"Schools do not only educate young minds. They also develop whole persons, including their identities. This means that educators have a powerful and privileged platform to create the generations of the future. They teach their students what to know and what to do. Deliberately or inadvertently, they also teach young people how to be, and how to live together."
"But the world is changing and with it the responsibilities of educators. Today, educators have a responsibility to acknowledge the diverse identities that students bring with them to school, and to offer curricula that will enable them to develop with their identities fully intact. If schools can do this, all of our young people will learn not only how to be the best version of themselves as individuals, but also to come together in the quest to build a strong and inclusive community, with a collective identity."