Mary-Jo Hill

14 Sep 2017
An experienced colleague has boasted to me of their ability to avoid INSET days at all costs. My heart sinks at such a confession.

INSET days. Are you a lover or loather?

It must be coming on for ten days at least from your last INSET day and I am really interested to know what still resonates for you? What was the core or key message, idea or creative moment that you are running with and actively taking into daily action?

I still remember the 4Rs being drilled into me on a day from 1993 and now I am sure we have gone through the alphabet and in turn, schools are embracing the 4cs the 4ps or the 4 of anything that will bring together some ideas in a digestible format for a fairly wide-ranging and large audience.

An experienced colleague has boasted to me of their ability to avoid INSET days at all costs. My heart sinks at such a confession. They feel so fatigued by new ideas that they have no place for them at all in the minds or hearts. This takes me back to the last piece of training that I facilitated – how to listen more effectively. As teachers, we are so darn busy trying to impart, organise and compute that the ability to listen attentively and thereby effectively is a skill that really needs to be practiced. Most people in a conversation are merely concentrating on what they are going to say next. I would love to be proven wrong. What did you take away from your most recent INSET day? Please let us know.