Day 113 (of 184) Shifting – a word by choice
I have intentionally used the term ‘shifting’ rather than ‘changing’ when it comes to education evolution. The main reason actually comes from back in the day: my father a geography junkie encouraged me to do a science fair report on glaciers – one of the things that I really liked was how glaciers ‘shifted’ across the land – sometimes very slowly, hardly noticeable at first, but then…suddenly…things have changed!
I choose the word shifting when describing the change going on at Sorrento is purposeful and not being rushed: when we explored iPads the goal was to let teachers and students ‘explore’.
When we took on the realm of self regulation and anxiety we did a lot of ‘playing’.
As we talked about (and took a leap of faith) moving to eportfolios in lieu of report cards….we took our time.
Shifting is mindful. Not a quick fix. Not even a fix. It’s …… different. As Steve Wozniak put it, it’s going through a (metaphorical) door that once you go through, you can’t step back from.
My favourite memories in these shifts (so far) was a retiring teacher who looked at me like I was crazy when I handed her an iPad. By the end if the year she wanted one for her retirement gift because she couldn’t go away without one.
When we started dealing with anxiety we had leaders emerge from all parts of the school: some took on a new concept called Physical Litrtacy. We bonded with a liaison from Interior Health who guided us on a journey through self regulation and mindfulness. My own experience with highly anxious learners became but one part of a whole school approach to identify and provide strategies for anxious learners.
Our work on eportfolios is best connected to the current discussion/debate. On a portfolio should we provide parents with samples of their students reading at an independent level? Their instructional level? Or both. The discussions have …. shifted …. away from achievement and squarely on learning and formative assessment.
Much like my shift to twitter and blogging – once the shift is made it’s very hard to go back!