Day 185 (of 184) learning beyond prescribed days of learning
Within BC, years ago ‘extra days’ were added to the school calendar to enable ongoing professional development throughout the school year. Which is why I am continuing my 184 day-of-learning blog beyond the 184 Days: to acknowledge the learning that happens beyond ‘the structured day’…
Because learning does happen ‘just between 8 & 3’, it is more like Vegas: 24/7/365 (when done right!)
Learning is not a 5 day a week x 40 week ‘session’ and I support Sir Ken Robinson in his questioning whether or not ‘date of manufacture’ is the best way to group learners…!
It’s also partly why I am not a fan of homework (task completion) but am supportive of work-at-home -that which enhances the learners experience (independent reading, math games, writing things like blogs….) that reinforce ‘basic skills’ to better enable learners to ‘play’ (with words in poetry, numbers in math, etc) while learning. Always a highlight is the first time that the students I’m working with on geniushour ask if they can work on it at home (of course!)
After all, learning is not exclusively ‘getting information from a book’. Teacher professional development is modelling this: conferences (sage on the stage) at times, edcamps at others! Expert books have given way to videos, blogs and tweets & websites and more! What is more engaging than being involved in a chat on Standards-Based-Learning and having Ken O’Connor ‘favourite’ a statement you made!
Education cannot be measured by mere ‘hours of instruction’, instead Learning needs to be measured and valued by focusing on quality instead of quantity! And so my days-of-learning will continue to the end of the week/school year!