It was Pink Floyd who wrote,
We don’t need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.
I have witnessed my four amazing children as they were educated in a variety of schools, including little Anglican Schools where they were told what to learn, do and say, as well as Reggio Emilia and Steiner Schools, where there were no uniforms, no hierarchy and the teachers (on a first name basis with students) were great facilitators of learning, life skills and helping children to find their own voices.
These experiences through my children’s own eyes have inspired this post. So, here’s what to avoid doing if you want to be a magnificent leader, facilitator and teacher.
(i) Provide too much information at the start so your team members do not have anything to discover for themselves.
(ii) Talk way way more than listen.
(iii) Offer your team your solution instead of encouraging them to formulate a set of possible solutions that excite and ignite them.
(iv) Stop your team frequently and tell them what you think every 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t wait for the best moment for learning
(v) Encourage your team to be creative and then restrict them unnecessarily with a lots of rules and guidelines.