Learning! SOL 4 (mid-week at #shortc )
Our opening dialogue via @bbeairsto emphasized that learning results from thinking
– Requires engagement (which is voluntary)
– Occurs in different ways and rates (and at different times)
– Is both individual and social (and collective)
Leaning benefits from
Learning is more than growth such as expanding vocabulary (change way of doing) it is adopting a new mental-model (change way of thinking)
Leading is who you are, more than what you do. We do managing so that others don’t get distracted by ‘that’ – but cannot get bogged down by management so that you “can’t do the leading”
PVPs are Leading and Managing Learners
The morning session was led by retired superintendent (but still inspiring educational leadership!) which was followed up by the BCPVPAs own Caroline Picard:
@BCPVPA s work on Supervision For Learning
is about improving learning using a descriptive feedback loop. Via our BC association, the process is: engaging teachers in professional dialogue about learning, assessment and student needs in order to improve teaching and increase student engagement and achievement.
Our transition into the importance of listening (vs giving advice vs asking questions) included a great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg&feature=kp
A good intro activity: in pairs, 2 minutes of talking/listening – but first minute no reactions, 2nd minute reactions (but no talking by listener) – debrief what is going on inside both heads…
and reminder of the key question: are you listening or just waiting for your turn to talk…
BCPVPAs Supervision For Learning is about establishing good conversations which means that the listening is authentic and the feedback is effective (specific) and a curious question opens up more dialogue (not just informational ‘this is what you need to do’).
It’s always good to take the time (as we did on day 3 of ShortCourse) to reflect on the Instructional Leadership that blends management (are things that need to be done getting done) and leadership (being authentic).
There was a lot of thinking going on today – as seen by pensive faces, good questions that were asked and feedback developed that developed/was enhanced into a feedback loop, not a one-way conversation!
Great way to lead us into a favourite activity: representing the ideal principal (and to debate whether or not I should post the video my group made from way-back when I first attended ShortCourse)