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Loose Coupling

I hadn’t read Elmore’s “Building a New Structure For School Leadership”, 2000 for a while. It’s easy to download a copy of this online. I went back to this recently as I’m increasingly dwelling on just how to improve learning and teaching in my role as a QIO – my main role is supporting schools on the quality improvement agenda so unlike some QIOs I do not have a wide curricular remit in addition. This frees me up to really concentrate on this one area. Anyway the simplicity of his argument had a big effect on me when I first read it and still does as I revisit it.

For anyone who hasn’t read this its well worth a look or another read as whether you agree with what he says or not, there’s a lot for reflection in it, on how we really make concrete improvements to learning and teaching within the classroom.

Delighted to see what Caroline and Jaye have been saying about their Glow days at Stirling management centre – sharing success and making connections. It sounds like they’ve had a useful couple of days. And I like their animoto slides from it too!

April 24, 2008 - Posted by | ICT, leadership, learning | , ,


  1. I know it is not my school area but was wondering if I could be made a member of your glow group? Would like to see the types of things being done somewhere else.

    Comment by carolinegibson | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Caroline – Sandra W is making you a member

    Comment by andreareid | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. The animoto on the ‘Glowing Potential’ group is all Caroline’s work but following the conference I did show my Biology class how to use it as a part of their revision for end of topic tests. They have started to post their animoto’s on the ‘noticeboard’ page of their GLOW group. My thinking is that the images will stimulate recall of the knowledge and understanding they have to learn for the summative assessments they get. We will soon see if it helps, but they certainly loved working in this way with a lot of comparing of images found and competition going all throughout the lesson.

    Comment by Jaye Richards | April 27, 2008 | Reply

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