Introduction from Jim Sill
Community and connections - how do we use these tools to showcase community of school, location, diversity of students and learning?
How do we grow our global community?
Who is accountable for you implementing your learning?
The Relevant Teacher
Why is it hard to look back at educational practice and admit when you were wrong?
How are we placed to change as the world changes? Are we as teachers prepared and if not, how can we prepare our students?
Da Vinci Innovation Labs
Two days in school - learn from home three days a week - the students go to work with their parents some days and take self paced school work with them to be getting on with. What level of trust and organization do you need to make this happen?
Sequoia has School - mixed grade classrooms - everyone is held back twice before the age of 12. Personalization and leadership. Institutionalized failure. - failure as normal so they get a chance to try things that they have not done yet or did not get the chance to the first time round. This is done with cooperation with the parents to work out when is a good time for it to happen.
It is not always school wide initiatives attached affect the students, it is individual teachers.
It all starts with relevant teachers who don’t wait for the school to change but lead from their classrooms.
A relevant teacher knows their role is different from what it was in the past - flipping - allowing students to be teachers.
Is what I’m teaching transferable beyond my classroom walls? If not, why am I teaching it?
Are you wasting students time teaching them things they will never need?
Relevant teachers are not afraid to access to information and to allow students to access it when they need to.
How much of the student day is filled with stuff they can find on the internet?
Should students be allowed to use their devices in exams as this is the way the world works - no need to memorize - dont make students do what adults dont do. Adults look things up when they need to in the process of doing a job. Why do we expect students to memorize everything?
“The End of Average” one size fits nobody - Todd Rose
Curriculum building is not perfect for everyone. Meeting students where they are at - not just learning wise but physically and online.
Craft a digital footprint / portfolio. What is the best way for students to do this so they can showcase themselves online in a positive way?
Here is what I did and how I did it - show the process and thinking, not just the end product.
Drive and A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
The “shoulder shrug” - dont give all the answers.
20% time for students to do what they want - genius hour? - passion time? .. etc
Alison White and Shaun Kirkwood
Imagine - Investigate - Iterate
What is something that I am doing that is not that important?
Think of things that you can get rid of.
Value student ability to not follow instructions.
The problem with exemplars is that the students try to replicate them exactly and not be creative themselves.
Do they have a preconceived idea of what the end outcome might be because of the exemplars that you gave them?
When students choose something over what we as teachers want them to do - is this addiction or just more interest?
Exploration and immediate feedback is “addictive”
In modern games, there are side quests as well as getting from a to b. Can be make our lessons more like this. An end outcome but with possibilities on how to get there.
We talk about “work” all the time at school. Why does everything have to be work?
How are you relevant ?
How do you stay relevant? - be a learner.
Growth and change.