David Grant

DEAN OF STUD­IES

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators -

David Grant, the Dean of Stud­ies at Cres­cent School for the past 23 years, makes sure his class­room in­volves laugh­ter, fun, fo­cused at­ten­tion and hard work. “If I’m en­ter­tained and en­gaged, the same will ap­ply to the boys,” Grant says. “A sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence regularly oc­curs for me at the be­gin­ning and at the end of ev­ery Grade 9 Tech­no­log­i­cal De­sign course,” Grant re­counts. “I take great plea­sure in in­form­ing stu­dents and par­ents at the be­gin­ning that it is a course where stu­dents suc­ceed by fail­ing – a strange, un­fa­mil­iar and dis­con­cert­ing con­cept for many.” Af­ter 10 weeks, he ob­serves the same stu­dents solv­ing what were ini­tially seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble prob­lems, by ap­ply­ing a range of newly ac­quired skills, crit­i­cal think­ing, re­silience and team­work. “The fist-pump­ing, high-fives and shouts of joy, for me, is the great­est con­fir­ma­tion in my belief that the kids can do it!” A firm be­liever in the im­pact a teacher can have on a stu­dent, Grant says he is “acutely aware that even a word, a sen­tence or a ges­ture can pos­si­bly have a lifechang­ing ef­fect on a young per­son. De­spite the in­cred­i­ble ad­vances in ed­u­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy and re­sources at our dis­posal, the stu­dent-teacher re­la­tion­ship is at the heart of good ed­u­ca­tion.”

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