“Share your passion and excitement and love of learning with your students” -Jonathan Bishop, UK
If you’re a regular reader of Daily Edventures, you may recognize the name of Broadclyst Community Primary School, a Microsoft Showcase School and originator of the Global Enterprise Challenge. The Challenge, pitched at last year’s Global Forum in Barcelona, brings students together from around the world to collaborate and create, all while learning the ins and outs of running a business.
At last week’s E2 Conference in Redmond, we were lucky enough to catch up the Challenge’s creator, Head Teacher Jonathan Bishop, and we learned that he has no plans to slow down.
In his 20 years at Broadclyst, Bishop has transformed the school – leading it’s conversion into an Academy and, more recently, setting up a nursery school for kids as young as two. Over the years, Bishop has also set up a home access system, a collaborative and creative online learning space, and 1:1 classrooms with access to rich media tools, including a TV studio.
But for Bishop, it’s always been about the students. “We can be so organized and procedural and well planned – none of which is bad,” Bishop says, “but it is that personal guidance and support and nurturing that really gives children the confidence to be what they so easily can be.”
Bishop stresses that every student is different, and that teachers must strive to understand each as an individual. His advice to teachers?
“Share your passion and excitement and love of learning with your students — don’t try to constrain them into your pre-conceived ideas,” he says. “Go with aspirational objectives, knowing what you’d love the children to be and be able to do and take them on that journey. Your enthusiasm, drive and passion is what will instill in them that desire to learn, and you’ll get more out of your students.”
With the Global Enterprise Challenge firmly established (the first winning team, from India, received their award at E2 – more to come from them soon), Bishop is looking to the future with even more ambitious plans. His dream is to establish a free school, The Digital Academy, which will focus on computing and feature a creative curriculum that teaches critical thinking skills.
For now, Bishop shares what inspired him to become an educator, and what gets him excited to come to school each day. Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Jonathan Bishop!