Currently, we are all connected in not knowing what is going to happen, how things will progress or how school will be in the near future. Admitting to a student that you also don’t know, may not provide the answer or reassurance they wish for however it shows that not knowing is ok too. The way forward can be discovered and navigated together.
This is also relevant in other areas of teaching and life in general. Just because you are a teacher doesn't mean you need to know every single thing about your subject area, in fact it's even better for students to hear you admit you don't know but you can find out. It can be a game of who is the quickest to find the answer and discuss ways of finding out about things you are unsure of.
Curiosity is a great skill to teach students and it's important to stay curious ourselves as teachers as then we remain open to change and let go of attachment to things having to be a certain way.
In the current climate, it's a great way to talk through events or situations with students to show your coping techniques and also for you and students to learn from each other. They may have particular concerns or specific ways of getting through times of uncertainty so it doesn't all have to come from you. Modelling that it is OK not to know the answer is a perfect way of showing how we don't always need to know what is coming up and exactly how things we will be. The beauty often lies in discovering along the way.
These tips will be shared all through August to prepare NQTs for this coming year. They can also be found across social media on my accounts.
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