Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Being open minded

Last weekend, around 17 teaching staff members attended a Google Summit for Educators. This was a two whole day event that was voluntary, so I was very impressed that so many of our staff attended.
It was a great opportunity to catch up on all the latest developments in learning technologies- for me at least!

I realised that at Bradbury, many of the teachers had already started to use some of the applications, systems and programmes in their classrooms. 'Google Classroom' was a great example of this- several teachers had already started using this application already- with great success.

What this meant for me was a great affirmation of how 'switched on' and open to new ideas the teachers at Bradbury are. The idea of being open minded is an important one and is something that is valued and encourage both for staff and for our students through our inquiry approach to learning.

All of us are brought up and in turn, bring our own children up, with a set of values and beliefs. As a school community we have a set of shared values and beliefs as expressed through our guiding statements. Having a set of values and beliefs is a very good thing- it gives us guidance on how to live our life and operate in our world.

It becomes a problem however, when it stops us from considering other points of view and recognising that they may be as equally valid as our own. In such a multicultural and accessible world, this understanding becomes vital in order to live respectfully and peacefully together- especially in a melting pot like Hong Kong! At Bradbury, we address this through our approach to 'internationalism' and by valuing diversity as something that makes our world a richer and more interesting place.

This quote by Gerry Spense sums it up rather nicely:

"I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than closed by belief."




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