In my teaching life, I have been fortunate enough to witness real student change. The kind of change that excites and inspires.
Some time ago, I had cause to reflect on these transformational moments and noticed a trend.
What was it that took Nathan from being 17 and barely literate to being the author of a chapter in a published book? What was it that saw Ellie, who once proudly declared that she ‘hated school’, seek work experience as a teacher’s aide? What gave Paolo, normally riddled with anxiety at the mere thought of public speaking, the courage to run a series of workshops for 30 strangers?
In each of these situations, the common element was service. These students were in a situation where they needed to look outwards, to recognise the needs of another, and to respond. And in these moments they were deeply changed.Read more