One thing that is being expected of you as an CORE Education eFellow is to share your learning, approaches, practices and inquiries with the wider teaching community.
Thus, when asked by my Principal to present on my inquiry at the Cluster Principal meeting, I agreed (as I have had already presented my inquiry at uLearn14 and at #cenz14).
Some of my presentation slides:
A short extract of my presentation:
- Where and how do I start to facilitate personalised learning was just one of my questions. Through my networks and discussions with other teachers, I found that many were asking the same questions (especially in the junior school area)
- I focused my inquiry on pedagogy and technologies (rather than the physical aspect of MLE) and although I was already using technology with great success in my classroom, I was driven by a desire to make learning even more rewarding and purposeful for my students
- Questions arise about how I could support my students to carry out learning in purposeful and meaningful ways
- I started working on supporting students to take more responsibility for their learning and how to make choices. They have a choice of how they want to present their learning (iPads/Notebooks or via their Individual blogs). When students know they have to share with peers, family or the teacher, it gives them accountability as well. When they know they have to reflect on how that activity went, they have to have done it. With this I ensure no one is falling through the gaps under the guise of just "doing my own thing"
- Is this working in our learning environment? Definitely! I will now walk into class after lunch and students will be engaged in a learning activity without me telling them what to do. Where as earlier they were just sitting on the mat, waiting for me to direct them
I left them with these questions:
- What is your vision for your school, you learners?
- What changes need to happen at your school / classroom level?
- What would be the first thing you will be thinking of changing in your pedagogy?
- Do you think Personalised Learning has potential in your school environment and what would be your first step to support teachers to implement this?
In the end it all came down to Student Agency and the "power to act" as Derek explained in Trend 1 of CORE's Ten Trends for 2014.
~ "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin ~