Day 50 (of 183) learning with peers at #bcssa15 @bcsups
Welcome via @edgegeo (very poignant to who we are and why we as educators do what we do)
Opening keynote by @robertjmarzano (more disjointed than previous presentations – but some good nuggets of deep thinking for me)
Breakout session with @birklearns & @mrjdevries (absolutely inspiring. Importance of authentic learning communities including the broader community & value in being vulnerable and seeking/taking advice from other ‘experts’ as part of a descriptive-feedback-loop)
Catch ups inbetween – invaluable and numerous – former people who hired me, people I’ve worked with, people I like, people I’ve argued with – overall a lots of fun! Really liked touching base with some educators who have inspired me.
Keys from today: resilience and openness to change have been themes that have run through the day.
Interesting: openness and interest in eportfolios as a tool to communicate student learning and shifting what we ‘report on’ by considering why we teach and who we teach, not just what we teach.
Fear: how tech replaces current ‘tasks’ and how that impacts “employment” – are we ready for the future we create & what are we preparing our students for (as my son asks: what about a course in YouTube channels)
Good Questions: how do we balance the fine line (and know when to lean one way or the other) between supporting vs enabling (esp as relates to resilience)?
Invaluable reminder: tell me and I’ll listen; show me and I’ll watch; involve me and I’ll learn.
Really liked: the opportunity for some table talk! (Wonder if we should’ve broken out some tables into various districts instead of teams together)
Big takeaway: change is coming. Some will be ready to embrace it (specifically our new BC curriculum) sooner than others. Some may not at all. But those that don’t embrace/accept disruptive change…..well…..blockbuster example.