Probably, the last thing anybody working in schools needs to hear right now is a plea to “let go”. At a time of heightened worry about results, behaviour and so-called “gaps”, let alone the real existential worries of sickness and loss of life, it might sound reckless or even foolish to suggest that teaching staff should let go of anything.
In fact, there have been strong messages issued from plenty of educational quarters that what is required for the “Covid Generation” is more control, more instruction, and more discipline – the opposite of “letting go”.
However, one of the most important skills I have developed during my time as a teacher and school leader has been the ability to let go; the ability to detach myself and my emotions from a situation, a detachment that will buy me seconds or minutes to make a better decision.
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