Teaching Should be a Work of Heart – David E Watters


Schools need to identify a child’s passion and use this to stimulate their desire to learn.

I absolutely believe that this is the only way forward for our schools and for our young people but I also absolutely believe that this is not what drives the agenda for senior leaders in most schools: from recruitment of staff, approaches to assessment of teaching and learning or the understanding of the wider educational outcomes which prepare our children to function successfully as adults.

Finding what drives a child is what will help that child to engage in and take ownership of his or her own learning and development.

This can never be underestimated.

Round pegs in square holes become broken and forced conformity creates untold unnecessary problems; disengagement, disenfranchisement and (unsurprisingly) disruptive behaviours and this damages the child way beyond the school years into adulthood.

We have a duty to lead out what is within each child, to nurture and nourish them so that they may grow into the most majestic version of themselves; not cut them off at the roots so that they fail to fulfil their potential.

But what do I know?



About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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