Pulling the pieces together…
‘Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the demands of teaching? Does it sometimes feel as if there isn’t space in your head for more ideas, programs, strategies and tools? It might help to spend some time thinking about how the seemingly disparate parts are connected…’
Those were the opening lines to a post I once wrote entitled ‘Connecting the dots.‘ Unfortunately I didn’t get beyond identifying the problem, which resulted in some great conversation… and more questions than answers. The truth is, I didn’t really know how to help teachers connect the dots. Two years down the track, I have a slightly better idea and it’s something I’m constantly working on.
Enter Time Space Education. As mentioned in my previous post, our teachers didn’t want or need ‘another new thing’ and our brief to Sam and Chad was to ‘pull the pieces together’. Amazingly, they did. And, without really introducing ‘another new thing’, their approach pulled things together in a way that was both new and fresh!
As stated on their blog, these are the basic principles behind their practice, all of which contribute towards ‘pulling the pieces together,’ creating powerful learning experiences and reducing the stresses induced by the demands of teaching…
- Being Purposeful – Asking why, putting learning and student growth at the centre of everything.
- Working from Within – Understanding that learning is more powerful when it comes from students’ personal experiences.
- Seeking Simplicity – A determination to look for ways to keep things simple in every domain of learning and life at school.
- Being Timely – Creating a positive relationship with time and knowing when the time is right.
- Making Friends with Curriculum – Knowing your curriculum well so you and your students may use it to your advantage.
- Understanding the Power of Mood – Knowing that people need to be in the right frame of mind in order to be at their best.
- Making Space – Creating dynamic, flexible and beautiful learning environments that can be adapted to suit learning.
I’ve linked to some posts on their blog (and a couple on others!) elaborating on some of these principles. The sessions Sam and Chad ran with students and teachers demonstrated these principles in action. Take a look at this Storify from Year 4 and see the evidence for yourself.
Are these principles a part of your practice?