Subtitle: 10 ways to make school more engaging…
The theme of the IBAP conference this year is ‘Citizenship, Connectivity, Creativity, Comapassion‘ (Exploring teaching and learning in the 21st century). So far I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s been stimulating to listen to inspiring keynote speakers, to learn from and with other educators and to connect with new people from different places. It’s fun to check out the options with my colleague and choose which sessions to particpate in.
I’m wondering why we don’t try to replicate this model for our students.
1. Start the day with an inspiring keynote… via TED perhaps.
2. Deliver new ideas in exciting, different ways.
3. Offer a series of workshops for students to choose from throughout the day.
4. Allow students to learn with and from learners at other grade levels
5. Give learners an opportunity to construct meaning in small breakout sessions.
6. Invite willing students to present their own sessions, supported by teachers as required.
7. Encourage students to tweet throughout the day about their learning experiences.
8. Create stalls where students can browse literature relevant to their learning in between sessions.
9. Provide a healthy buffet lunch to feed the brain and body.
10. Ask for and listen to their feedback regarding future learning.
These thoughts were jotted down quickly, only half seriously, based loosely on my experience at the conference over the last few days. But with careful consideration, it could probably be developed into a model of school that would foster student engagement and encourage learners to take control of their own learning. I know it’s never going to happen… certainly not while we have to focus on NAPLAN results and a prescribed national curriculum. We simply ‘don’t have the time’!
But how about planning a one day ‘conference’ on a theme that’s relevant to everyone? Or a grade level ‘conference’ day as a provocation for a new unit of inquiry? What do you think? Can you help me develop the idea further?