Day 186 (of 184) proud to be in an innovative district…
“We are getting there”bis what I’ve caught myself saying when talking about some of the shifts we have made in education. And while we aren’t where ‘we want to be’….yet…, 1) if innovations go right, I acknowledge that we will ever be changing our wants/needs to keep them just out of reach and 2) creating a culture of yes and removing/limiting blocks will get us to where we want to be (whatever each individual vision of that may be!)
This past week I’ve had a few opportunities to highlight the work that my school learning community and I have been able to do:
Regarding #geniushour, SOLEs and Recreational Math, I was able to present and share our work at http://www.canflip.ca ’s annual conference #canflip14 -the pdf of my ‘disruptive classroom’ presentation cn be found at: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/disruptive-classroom/
the ‘disruption’ is positive as we continue to work to put more control and power of learning in to the hands of the actual learner!
My SOLE work (Self Organized Learning Environments) based on the amazing work of Sugata Mitra (https://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud
and my reflection & work this year was asked to be highlighted in http://www.theschoolinthecloud.org website at: https://www.theschoolinthecloud.org/updates/day-174-of-184-sole-summary
I was also invited to talk about some of these disruptions (and even briefly mention our work with eportfolios) on #ETMN -the EdTech Mentorship Network- to discuss SOLEs, tech in leadership, & anxiety which was archived at https://plus.google.com/events/c45cdkho7r910lb8i5c97a8jn10 or on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHGPLBkKXt0
As the school year comes to its official ‘end’, it has been very positive to reflect on the positives that our school learning community have worked on this past year – and in spite of the labour unrest within BC Education, there are many great innovations and disruptions happening which is putting the emphasis on learning, and moving away from ‘task completion to earn an achievement mark’.
Thank you to my amazing staff, to my supportive parents, our students who amaze us each and every day, my colleagues (looking beyond timetables, exploring “MakerTimes” and so much more!) and a very supportive central staff and trustees who are trusting us to ‘do different’ within #83learns and of course my extended Professional Learning Network which extends around the world and gives me the support needed when times and discussions get tough. None of what we are doing can happen in isolation nor will it remain isolated for long as we learn from each other and extend each others knowledge! Thank you!