Day 164 (of 183) learning sessions at #83learns

Day 164 (of 183) learning sessions at #83learns

During our final PVP meeting session today, we had some sharings of learnings by some of our colleagues. We were asked to consider “one thing you could apply to your own practice

Session 1: How does the integration of Movement throughout the day impact Student Learning?
Love this topic as it is a key strategy for self-regulation. At our school I get to see a variety of strategies teachers have been using to get movement into the day – even my library times have kids reminding me of my own sharing that sitting to listen isn’t the ‘best’ methodology …… I’m sitting at today’s meeting (but at the back as I know I’ll be standing soon!)
Take away: we are starting to talk about having “forced” breaks for specific students each hour ON TOP of the class breaks. Mindful movement matters. 
Also a good question about “physical literacy” and what that actually means:

Session 2: Is K-12 educationally sound & feasible for implementing in Sicamous?
Having spent most of my life in “smallish towns” K-12 has always been a topic of consideration. And I like how the sicamous community redefined it a bit to include strong start so it’s more of a baby-G12 support. And the first step includes lots of talking and raising all questions (especially the uncomfortable ones). Positive experience because of exploration as a group which is leading to a positive feeling in the community of what an amalgamation of the two schools will be in the learning community. 
Take away: communicate and build on relationships importance cannot be under-emphasized

Session 3: Living with Privilege 
Started with a review of a few goals, including

– building awareness of realities of some aboriginal student

Equality = sameness – but assumes everyone is starting at same place

Equity= fairness – access to sameness
“White privileged is your history being part of the core curriculum while mine was an elective” 

If not you, who?

If now now, when?

Get a hand up, not a hand out 

Take away: it is essential to be mindful of the varied backgrounds all members of your learning community have experienced – what do they see and experience. 

Session 4: what inspires curiosity for you enough that you want to act on it?
Love the opening quote: millions saw the apple fall but Newton asked why. By @jasonsilva

With some neat table talk around some good quotes:

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because w ‘re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths – Walt Disney
The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening a natural curiosity of the mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France
If you can let go of passion and follow your curiosity, your curiosity just might lead to your passion. Elizabeth Gilbert
Loved this quote from @innovationsnail – When we teach to answers, are we training kids away from asking questions?

Take away: many different approaches and connections to curiosity. And when we were challenged (asked) what is your masterpiece? What inspired you to pursue that masterpiece? Or invest the time in the masterpiece?

My thought connected to my family (as all at our table thought of too but considered it to be ‘too stereotypical’) I am proud of my blog site as it captures my thinking and reflecting for my kids to (eventually) take a look at. It took many years after my dad passes before we re-found some of his journals. I hope mine will be a bit easier to access. 

Session 5: Can reading intervention at middle school work?

Love that it was shared as an ignite! approach (20 slides for 5 minutes). Took a team approach and threw time and resources at the problem. It did work and students identified did experience success – because of buy-in from the staff. Preparing for the next year now. 

Take away: was tough for a school that had extra money and people to provide interventions. Using CEAs and staff (that are available in bigger schools). Probably why it hasn’t been nearly as successful at our school. 😕

Additional musings
Ongoing discussions around technology (or lack thereof) which reminds me of my classroom a decade-ish ago with a class set of laptops and even a couple of first generation iPod touches – still trying to get back there…..or as a better goal, to leapfrog that tech model!

It was good to get discussions going and hearing some laughter in the room today!

About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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