It was so amazing to have my first working group of the year. The best way I have found to share a message is by working with others to bring our experiences and grow together. So a part of my inquiry this year is to create a working group that will hopefully grow organically as the time goes on. I have a general layout for each session which happens every two weeks but we will go with the needs and passions of the group as well! It was so amazing to start with CBT today and I have linked the slides and resources into my workshop section on my blog: Linked here
I believe the more the know about our brain and its processes the more we are equipped for dealing with all the hats teachers are required to put on throughout one day. By understanding that people come to a conversation with their thoughts based on their experiences we can help understand different perspectives. It was so great to spend the session talking about our own experiences and I feel the more we discuss our beliefs we may feel like we are consolidating our current thinking as teachers but also and possibly more importantly growing ourselves as well.
I have retweeted Kristin Wiens so many times!! She is the guru of visuals and I love how she creates for adults and children so we can be on the same page! Check her out on Twitter!
I have noticed that my learners have been developing their ability to reflect and take ownership of their learning since we have been building their 'powers'. I have given them personalised missions that they have to work on and if they are finding it difficult to be determined when learning gets challenging we have a chat about building their powers and think of ways they can help themselves. These visuals have been very helpful with my Literacy group and I am starting to see a shift in their mindsets.
Outcomes are not just a factor from teaching
‘Proven’ approaches works if you have the same students every year
Look at MCDonald ‘making sense of an uncertain craft - widely uncertain triangle - look at snap chat - teachers feel different on different days
Its not given its not determined, adapting yourself as a teacher to your students
PAKURANGA TEACHING AS INQUIRY
It is a professional learning journey that encourages teachers to challenge their learning and adapt their practise
We can be blinkered by our past experiences and our beliefs
Which students are being advantaged and disadvantaged in my lessons
Spiral of inquiry
Student interview - what makes an effective teacher?
‘Knowing they have confidence in me.’
‘Not doing the same boring thing’
‘Treat everyone the same’
‘Teachers care about me and it gives me a confidence boost’
‘We are teaching them and they are teaching us'
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUE OF EDUCATION
INSTITUTE FOR EFFECTIVE EDUCATION
Vivian Robinson - Dealing with problem solving in schools
- Vivian talks about dealing with problems in schools and leaders going from 'problem' to 'solution' straight away without even thinking about the analysis of the problem. E.g the inquiry process into what caused the problem, who does the problem have an impact on.
Karl Popper - All life is problem solving
Adaptive expertise - it could be inquiring into a strategy or it could be into a mindset
‘Touchstone’ - did it lead to me sharing something new that leads to something better?
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.