Over coffee with @shazbailey1, we chat about strategies for making the self study process worthwhile. She shares an approach she took with her teachers and, when I ask if I can steal it, she tells me to adapt and improve on it and then blog about it so that she can steal it back. The biography of an idea 🙂
The enhanced version of the IB Primary Years Program has detailed, well researched articles on all areas of the program, divided into sections: The Learner, Learning and Teaching and The Learning Community. I like the title ‘Principles into Practice’ which fits with our approach to the self study we are currently (perpetually, actually) undertaking. ‘How will we bring the beliefs of the PYP to life?’ rather than ‘How will we ensure we comply with the standards and practices?’
In last night’s session, teachers considered the headings of the sections and talked about which topics they are most familiar with and which they know least about…
Next, they each chose a section to inquire into and spent some time reading the articles and reflecting, individually, in pairs or groups, using a thinking routine adapted from Project Zero.
Connect: What connections can you make to current practice in our school?
Extend: How was your thinking extended? What’s new for you here?
Explore: What might we explore further? (individually and as a school)
- Productive discussion in mixed groups, across grade levels and specialist areas.
- Collaborative reflection around big ideas.
- Collegial sharing and support.
- A deeper understanding of the principles of the program
- Documentation of current practice in how we live the PYP.
- An opportunity to question the way things are.
- Further ideas for exploration as a school community.
- Individual goals that teachers will work on.
- An organic approach to appreciative inquiry.
So simple. So much data for moving forward…