Moving forward with my action plan of address time as it pertains to learning and shifting cultures of learning in the school has been… well… slow. I have spent a lot of time in the ideation phase as there are a number of viable solutions. I recently sent out a survey to find out when staff would prefer to do PD – during a prep, before/after school, during our weekly faculty PD blocks, or even SATURDAYS (after classes!!). Lo and behold, this was a popular option based on a conversation at the lunch table. Chief complaint was that people wanted more time to explore certain edtech tools! Great information!! So this made me realize that I haven’t really empathized and need to collect more information. So here I am cycling through the design thinking protocols and loving its fluidity!
In a recent conversation with another language teacher, students seem to prioritize languages near or dead last since it’s not viewed as something they need for university and time is their chief complaint. I will be sending a survey to my students in the next week!
In terms of making connections, my twitter PLN is growing consistently and I am enjoying the benefits of sharing online. I will be reading all the blogs, because true to form, I never walk away empty handed. We have suchrich and valuable resources in our C21 group, that there’s always something to apply to my courses and professional learning. I am going to work with @jsmith, @mwallace, @jmott, @lmcbeth, and of course @gnichols & @jmedved. I believe that bouncing ideas off each other is the key to moving good ideas into great initiatives!
I will commit to blogging twice a month, complete with how my action plan is going, in addition to what the results of the survey are. I look forward to sharing my experience and learning and experimenting with how best to facilitate learning in our school as whole.
A recent email from a student of mine speaks to our ever shifting culture of learning. This is from a different student who said that marks were getting in the way of her learning. He writes, “…the more i stress about these university marks the more i am coming to realise how amazing your “learning for the love of learning and not marks” thing is because all of the grads are so tense right now and just for some stupid number on a sheet that is supposed to determine the next four years of your life! I fully support your no marks thing and i hope that when my kids go to LCS all the teachers will have implemented that.
So I pose this to anyone reading … When do you learn best? What drives you to learn more? What do you wish PD could be?
Looking forward to reading your comments!