Day 186 (of 188) it’s not just the kids who learn & grow
Some of my colleagues have signs on their office doors saying “lead learner” or something similar. And it’s true. Educators should model life long learning. But as we are finding (or confirming), some of the best learning isn’t found only in textbooks.
Today one of my staff reminded me of that. As we are preparing for our end-of-year reflection assembly (and kicking our grade 5’s up to middle school!) she took a pause and reflected on ‘the year that followed the summer that wasn’t’. By that I mean that I found a lot of members of our learning community (of ALL ages) struggling more this year than in previous years – and of course we didn’t have any closure last year due to job action, and that led to a very stressful summer for everyone, and then the start was both delayed and then very bumpy. It’s been a rough year. But, as she texted:
It’s hard to believe that this year started in job action and started late. It feels like a lifetime ago really.
When I think back to where I personally started this year, and all the stuff I’ve been through in the last 10 months…. Pivotal comes to mind. Paradigm shifting. Fitting end to my 30s and totally excited about what the 40s will look like!! 🙂
It’s been a year of growth. As I reflect on my own Personal Growth Plan I found some similarities – september/october seems like forever ago (glad that I got to review our video month-in-reviews for highlights for our year-in-review tomorrow and kinda forgot some great learning moments!)
We both grew a lot this year in getting more comfortable with reporting student learning through eportfolios – freely admitting making some mistakes and having some successes along the way – and best of all, having our families take part in the conversation! Last year our survey had 2 responses. This year it was closer to 60 (in a school of 150ish, that’s pretty darned good!). We wanted more dialogue and two way conversations and we got it!
But it’s also been a year to better explore how to better engage students in numeracy (worksheets with bonus worksheets ain’t the answer) and physical literacy (some amazing work giving students opportunities for ‘free play’ – which would have covered every learning outcome without me getting involved – though I did….). It also allowed us to connect with other educators – going to workshops and connecting asynchronously with others around the continent and indeed around the world!
It’s easy to see the difference in 7 year olds over the course of the year – we are in contact with them for over 10% of their life change! 40 year olds on the other hand….it’s nice to see that change does continue on the outside as well as the inside!
Some neat things have happened over the past ten months – but it’s the potential of what’s next that’s really exciting! Glad it’s not just me!