Episode 56 – Dan Edwards – The Robinhood Principal

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Join Adam & Jeff as we chat with Primary Principal Dan Edwards!
Dan’s Leadership Journey
Hailing from Leicester, England, Dan originally trained to be a teacher in HS and MS
Disenfranchised teaching HS
Took some time off
Spent some time working in primary schools (nursery age)
Learned about the importance of play
Teacher’s Assistant he worked with was there when he was toddler; she helped him learn to tie his laces
Best job in the world – what he’s doing now
Weight of the responsibility to teach primary students
What can we learn from the primary school to keep the love of learning alive?
Self-selection of activities, what they want to do, want to learn, having their own agency.
“Sense of independence gets lost” – this is backwards! How do we let this happen? When we take away their agency and self-selection, we start to tell them that “adults know best,” and that they are not mature enough to make their own choices.
Historical view of classrooms were setup to replicate the Victorian Mill houses.  The teacher was the most knowledgeable person in the room.
Leadership Challenge/Opportunity
Well being is the challenge; we tell others, but we don’t….
Reflect on the things that matter
Meet on things that move the school forward
Hopeful
Normality
Assemblies, whole school celebrations, community
 
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