Teachers owning their learning…
Have you ever been presented with PD and then had no time to follow up?
How often do you have an uninterrupted chunk of time to inquire into something that interests you, to push your thinking and improve your practice?
Do you have enough opportunities to explore and think collaboratively, to unpack and discuss big ideas with others of varied experience?
On Monday we will have a half day of professional learning, different to any of our previous PD days. It’s based on a survey in which staff indicated their preferences for the structure and content of the day.
Here’s what it said on the Google doc which was shared with teachers:
This table shows by far the most popular choices in our survey. Please put your name in the group you’d like to join. Use red if you are willing to facilitate the group inquiry (more than one person is fine!) Note: There will NOT be a presentation. The purpose is to work on a shared inquiry.
I have no idea how the morning will go, but, here’s what I do know…
- Teachers should have ownership of their learning, just as children should.
- Having choice in what and how you learn is powerful for all learners.
- Teachers voted for time to inquire in small groups.
- Teachers chose what they would like to work on.
- The volunteer facilitators have taken their role seriously and done a great deal of thinking in advance.
- The most meaningful professional learning I have experienced has been by teachers for teachers.
- It is rare to have a chunk of time at school to explore something you want to take further.
- You never know if a new idea will work till you try it!
- If this is successful, next year we will extend it further…
A friend commented on the fact that I often write about innovations, before they happen. He thinks it demonstrates confidence on my part, since I am willing to blog before the vision becomes reality. Maybe. Or maybe not. Perhaps blogging in advance means that if it’s a failure, I can simply avoid writing about what went wrong! Or (more likely) … I like the excitement of visualising and planning new learning experiences, even if I can’t predict the outcome. Watch this space… maybe!