Day 165 (of 185) some reflective notes about learners and averages… w mention of @ltoddrose 

Day 165 (of 185) some reflective notes about learners and averages…

Nature of Learning (OECD)
1. Learners at the centre

2. The social nature of learning

3. Emotions as integral to learning

4. Recognizing individual differences

5. Stretching all students

6. Assessment FOR Learning

7. Building Horizontal Connections between curricular subjects

And when it comes to “averaging” (and to an extent even “weighting”) the AF in me comes out as I ask – mean median mode or range? because I wonder if averages are being used for a specific purpose or becoming ause it’s “always been done like that” – even though it hadn’t and hasn’t. 

Reminders of “Average” thinking from @ltoddrose
my thinking about his book “End of Average” –

“If we are looking for the institution where implementing equal fit would have the biggest immediate impact on opportunity, the place to start is clear: public education” – Todd Rose

Using Data can help identify the “edges” of averages
And what does data tell us? Usually more questions – example: transitions see drop-off from grade 11 to 12 (especially for Aboriginal and Special Needs) 
FSA’s – compare our ‘averages’ to the ‘average trends’ of the province, not necessarily good to compare to previous FSA results of same-age students.

Critical Concepts that Futurists Know
1. Change comes in two types: continues/linear change vs discontinuous/non-linear examples: transforming secondary schools; Split vs Multi-Age Classes

2. Demography is Destiny

3. People resist change, but it’s inevitable. It doesn’t really matter how people feel about change, it is going to come and can’t necessarily be controlled. Example: Aboriginal World Views: “Learning is holistic and we need to focus on connectedness and relationships to oneself, family, community language, culture and the natural world” – Tsaxis

4. Trends Trump Predictions: put more faith in what you see happening than what people say is going to happen – ex You are the people who have the best insights and have a responsibility to share them

5. We need a will to Disbelieve – “People do not believe untruths because they have to, but because they want to” – Malcolm Muggeridge Ex Beliefs about what “school” is . These beliefs need to be challenged with reality and experience

6. The best way to know the future is to create it! – Imagine you can shape the future of the school district. What is your picture of a district that thrives?

Just some thoughts collected from a few thoughts share recently as preparations are being made for “end of year” reports/communications home. 


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Educator in BCs Sunny Shuswap 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
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