Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I have a dream!

I have a dream...
How might we co-create meaningful learning experiences for young people in order to foster risk taking and a love of learning.
As part of the journey, I am looking at flipping the classroom, redesigning the learning space and ideally I want to hand over control to the students.
I want the students to create, explore, discover and drive their own learning. 
Do you have this dream too?
If anyone has any great ideas or things to considered, I would love to hear from you.
Let's share this journey together and keep the dream alive.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Director of learning

We were challenged by our curriculum coordinator to look for ways to provide our students with opportunities to direct their own learning outcomes. I thought about this carefully and wondered really what that meant and what it would look like.
It is providing some problems for your students to explore. 
Giving them plenty of time to discuss...
to collaborate...
to plan and solve...
On reflection, I realise that I have done this before, but I saw today that I need to do it more often. I need to be more vigilant in providing these opportunities as it is of such great value to my students.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

The times they are a changin'

I have received numerous emails from students recently with different requests ranging from clarification of details to assistance with problems. It has caused me to reflect on it lately, about the unlimited access to teachers that students have these days. It is a bit of a dilemma, when I receive an email late or on a weekend, I want to reply so I can encourage my students and show them that what they are doing is important.
But, I also have to balance my own personal life, I have young children myself. Am I a good teacher or not because I respond to their emails? Am I spoon feeding them?  Am I increasing my chance of burn out? I would love to hear what others think.