October 10, 2016

Being Inspired to Inspire: Paying it Forward


pay-it-forwardImage by Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon under CC BY 2.0 licence


I have felt some frustration in having to take a few backward steps in my practice this year.  I have moved from a small, innovative primary school where I worked collaboratively with colleagues to embed contemporary learning practices into our practice, to a very large K-12 school where I see pockets  of innovation.  I am finding it challenging working with a much larger staff, many of whom feel pressured to view learning as getting-through-the-syllabus-in-my-subject-area-so-students-can-get-good-marks.  I want to make a difference to the learning culture in my new workplace.

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July 28, 2016

Learning Analytics and the Messiness of Learning

my plan reality

image from @ThinkingIP

I was introduced to this graphic by @paulhamilton8 at the Education Nation Conference I attended earlier this year. I have used it several times already in conversations and planning sessions with my new colleagues, to illustrate the messiness of learning. I have used the graphic to encourage my colleagues to gradually “let go” of ownership of the learning of their students, and think about the big picture of what they hope their students will learn in a particular unit of work (i.e. the finish line), and what checkpoints can be put in place (by them or their students) to help their students get there. To me, this is a good way to start the journey away from teacher-centred practice.

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