A Day in the life of a Cranbrook boy
16 May 17 by Nick Carter, Director of Teaching and Learning
My name is Nick Carter and I am the new Director of Teaching and Learning. I began at the start of this term and have been genuinely invigorated by the energy and intelligence of both boys and staff. I was lucky enough to attend the School as a student, and it was heartening to discover that the essential Cranbrookian qualities my friends and I valued so much as teenagers – quirky, free-thinking intellectualism matched with the highest of expectations – still sit at the heart of this place. The changes I notice are hugely exciting; Cranbrook seems committed to beating its own path to excellence.
One of the keys to good teaching is trying to see the world of a classroom through a student’s eyes. With this in mind, I followed a Year 7 student to all his classes last week and did every piece of work and activity he did so I could get a better sense of what a school day really feels like for a Cranbrook boy in 2017, and therefore begin to develop our programmes in a way that meets the needs of our learners better. The exercise was fascinating for me, and hopefully not too embarrassing for the poor student I attached myself to. His classmates were very welcoming, although some didn’t quite understand what I was doing – one student very kindly took me aside and asked if I was really repeating Year 7. He might have been having me on.
In any case, here’s what I realised when I sat back at the end of Period 6 and poured myself a stiff coffee:
10 things I realised when I became a Year 7 student for the day at Cranbrook