Saturday, September 29, 2018

CoL TOD - Taking our Community on a Journey

Outline of my involvement during the Day...

Moral purpose

1. Recap Appreciative Inquiry & Sharing of Teaching as Inquiry
Adjusting the lens we look through - Making a conscious decision to look for strengths.
Coaching skills to be used - active listening - without interruption and reflective questioning at end. 
Genuine Inquiry - open minded, declarative statement or genuinely open and non judge-mental reflective question
Positive does not ignore deficits but instead focuses on the solution

2. Evaluating Effectiveness
Hard data vs rich data - formative, making sense of the work children are doing, the shifts they are making.
Appreciation - how do we talk about the hard stuff - challenge each other - to ask a probing reflective question does not show lack of appreciation - the way the question is communicated is possibly the key - today and the way we are working together is about digging deeper - in a non judge-mental way.  Holding up the mirror
Sometimes in our work as Principals, DPs, or HODs we work in a mentor role where there may well be an element of judgement and direction in a learning conversation, but this approach is not about mentoring - it is about listening to understand and asking probing questions to deepen understanding and to require the presenter to deepen their reflection.

3. Knowing they impact
Knowing they impact - if we are to be innovative as a profession and if we are to make a difference for kids we need to work through ways of knowing and justifying what works and why. - as a profession.
The way you think about your role as a leader or teacher defines the way you work and the impact you will have.

4. Oral language focus - What has been the effect of the work you have been doing with students?
Ask reflective questions - in line with coaching- levels of reflective questioning.
Have levels of questioning for students.

5. Disrupting the status quo
How can we create a learning system where all young people leave as successful learners.
Not about cruising through the system or dumbing down learning.

What are the rich skills we want to assess? (that would enable this goal)
What do young people need to know/do? 

6. Bus stop activities

7. Evaluate well-being 
Discussion:  Looking at ways the current system might impede well-being and success.

Evaluate personal identity, language and culture (Do I know the language of mine) 
We become our stories – so... What are the stories we want to tell about Reporoa? What does it mean (look like, sound like, feel like) to be an actively involved, confident, connected member of our community?
What is already working well in our community? Who are our success stories? What worked well for them?
What part do you play in this? What is your responsibility in this story?
What do we expect from each other and from ourselves?

~ "The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it." - Warren Bennis