I have found it interesting that there seems to be a correlation developing between calls to be more student centred and the rise in concern about teacher wellbeing. In our efforts to help students out, many teachers are taking on more and more. Can we really be super effective if we keep taking on more tasks without cutting other things out. Should you be saying No to more things so you can be more effective? Lena Dunham certainly thinks so. In this post she uses examples from the television industry, but it is oh so recognisable for education.
It's that time of year when everyone is looking forward to (or for some schools, already actually) meeting their classes. Those important first couple of weeks where you get to find out all about them and set the year up for great learning to occur.
First stop of course is checking through what data you have about the students so you get a picture before meeting them all, but what next? How can you develop a more holistic picture of who your students are and what their needs are?
There are many blogs out there about how some teachers go about doing this. This one from Bruce Hammonds contains some great tips and examples to gain inspiration from.
A swathe of experienced principals are retiring from Auckland secondary schools. Kirsty Johnston tracks down four who, between them, have 120 years' teaching experience. They reflect on schools, teaching and the education system.
We really enjoyed these responses to the Stuff Article about Modern Learning Environments. What were your thoughts? Know of any other good responses or perspectives?
This short, sharp and challenging video from the Learning2 conference in Manila, summarises many of the key ideas currently in circulation around learner agency.
What are your thoughts, questions, concerns, hopes and dreams when listening to this talk? Or do you just like the chicken analogy?
Creating Innovators - Tony Wagner
"Education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators." - Amazon
Although there is little question that innovators are critical for economies and communities, how we actually develop more students as innovators is a whole other ball game. Tony Wagner has interviewed many innovators and their families to help us understand their journey. The book also includes great links to videos of many of Tony's interview for you to watch. If you were a fan of Ken Robinson's, The Element, you will love this book.
Are you currently reading this book?
Tell us what you think in the comments below, or join us for an online book club session in November to discuss the ideas from this book.