Principal’s Blog, Character, Confidence and Creative writing and The Dad Test, Friday 10th May 2019May 10th, 2019
There are all sorts of ways to measure what a good lesson looks like, but the most valid and reliable one for me is the dad test, it’s a simple one, would I want my own child to be in this lesson? If it is a yes then it is a good lesson, if at a later point I am talking about the lesson with my children it was a great one.
I am fortunate enough to be in and out of lessons every day at Hazeley, the consistency in which lessons pass the “dad test” is extremely reassuring. Possibly the most consistent area is English, (although due to the competitive nature of our subject leaders I suspect many others would want to argue their case!)
Reading and creative writing seem to be favourites with our students; the opportunity to explore different lives and places from the safety of their own classroom, sharing them with others appears to enrich the experience further.
The teachers come up with all sorts of creative ways to heighten student interest and enjoyment, one of them is entering competitions. Through this a number of Hazeley students recently earned the privilege of having their work published in the young writer publication “Poetry Escape” edited by Jess Giaffreda.
One of my favourites is The Moon and Sea by Marta in Y7
The Moon and Sea
Whilst moon decks herself in Neptunes’ glass,
And ponders her image in the sea,
Her cloudy locks smoothed on her face,
That she may be as bright as beauty be,
It is my wont to sit upon the shore,
And see with what grace she glides,
Her two concurrent paths of azure,
One in the heavens, one in the tides.
Y7 students whose work was also published included:
A lovely example of a great lesson leading to a very special experience those students remember for the rest of their lives. It certainly passes the dad test.