|Edu-Amazing Sketch Notes from @jgough|
This past weekend, I had the tremendous opportunity to learn alongside 50 fabulous learners and David Jakes in my session at Educon about reimagining professional learning.
Presenting with David was a real treat. We have complimentary styles, and he's masterful at framing and sequencing provocative discussion questions. Given that we had some of the most talented educators in the nation at the session, it was a recipe for deep learning.
We began by asking the educators to describe the current state of professional development in their schools. From there, we entered a 5 question sequence to craft a new vision for professional learning.
1. Student achievement is most influenced by classroom practice, and classroom practice is most influenced by teacher learning. Do you agree with this? Do you have evidence to support your belief?
2. Are teachers learners? Are teachers encouraged to be learners?
3. Does the typical model of PD support learning?
4. What if the only PD ever offered by a school was "How to Learn Something When You Want to Know Something?"
5. What do well designed learning experiences for adults look like?
The discussion around these questions sparked many new visions and next steps for changing the way that learning looks for everyone in a school community.
Some of the biggest takeaways were:
Learning how to learn is more important than learning "things."
Schools should focus on creating healthy conditions for learning instead of the instruction itself. Let the adult learners drive the instruction.
White space fosters creativity and curiosity.
Providing a defined, empty space allows people to rediscover their creativity and curiosity. Mentors can guide and support this process as well.
Ask more than you tell.
The questions you ask often communicate more than the mandates you dictate. So, ask a lot of questions.
As always, thank you to the entire #Educon team for a fantastic experience!