#MLE Melbourne Tour 2015 - Alamanda College



Learning at the Centre


Due to significant roll growth (from 450 students - 860 students, with 30 new staff), Alamanda College needed to cultivate their culture, where learning is always at the centre. Principal, Lyn Jobson spent time with us sharing the ways they are achieving this: "We aspire to be a school renowned as a vibrant community that lives by the school’s motto of ‘Dare to be Wise’ in all our thoughts and actions." 

Inspire, Shine Create

Principal - Lyn Jobson

Celebrating Diversity - reflecting our cultures and countries
I loved that the vision is clearly visible across the school - along with key words, and dispositions on the walls, in the classrooms, and outdoors. Here are a collection of photos from our walk around:
Visible dispositions 
Visible dispositions 


Transparent, shared goals


Charging stations/lockers





















Leadership Development

Leadership Development is a top priority - staff feel empowered and are given hope & time. The strategic plan is transparent, and evident throughout the school / mini school precincts, with an Assistant Principal. Staff meetings are centred around learning, and the PLD is targeted accordingly.








#MLE Melbourne Tour 2015






A huge thank you to Core Education, Mark Osborne, Julia Atkin, and the fantastic crew. A memorable and valuable experience overall.

If you want to be part of a future #MLE tour, or are interested in learning more about the Professional Learning opportunities, contact us at Core Education.

National Networking Hui - Keynote #NNH

Learning and Change: to what end? Refreshing our mission

Valerie Hannon

Valerie challenges us to take a sharp look at what we know about the future. We need to take the global trends seriously and therefore, look at the contentions.

If Leadership is about facing the future...are we?

What is Learning for?


  1. Planetary / Global - to live within the earth's renewable resources.
  2. National / Local Level - "learn a living" - career paths are changing. Need breadth. 
3. Interpersonal - empathy, compassion. To lead, collaborate, connect - our learners need a sense of identity and belonging.

4. Intrapersonal - we are never offline. Wearable technology 

It is an outer and inner journey...

Addressing the future - refreshing our mission

The extension/addition of the emergent trends (in red)
- personalised + developing intention and interiority
- connected + thinking global (acting locally)
- integrated + an integrated human - developempathy, compassion and wisdom

"When an old culture is dying, the new culture is born from a few people who are not afraid to be insecure" 
Rudolf Bahro

Additional Resources from #NNH

#NNH Blog - collection of all presentations
Seminar Series - Facilitated Lateral Learning Networks Reading
Core Education's Becc Sweeney -  Storify of the hui

National Networking Hui - Day 2 Valerie Hannon #NNH

Introducing Global Trends 

We need to move beyond consumers of research and become creators of knowledge instead. Transformational.
Daniel Pink - (Drive) Motivation: mastery, autonomy and purpose

Emergent Trends?


Sharing:
Mastery - extend learning? Less, better. DEPTH
PBL - 
Scafffolding - what does it look like? Ownership? Mindset of teachers - letting go, let us not underestimate what our students CAN do.
Connected - DEPTH? 

Concentric Circles: 


 What is going on NOW
What is NEXT? Plans?
AMBITION? Vision - crunchy


Next Stage: Critique, Share & Exhibit - Mapping a future focused network collaboratively.



REAL Project - Rigorous Engaged Authentic Learning (link)
Letting Go - 

I used to think... 

and then I saw


Check out Joe Pardoe - and his blogpost

National Networking Hui - Learning Session #NNH

Passion Projects - Akoranga o Naenae

Presenters: Kelly Layton, Clare and Natasha

What If?

What if we try something innovative? The opportunity to try something different, experiment, take risks, in a safe, controlled way. They wanted a neutral location - off site to provide a shared space, connecting around learning. There was an emphasis on lateral learning. We built a network - teachers working across schools, with students from across the AoN.

Common threads: Transparent, collaborative, active learning, devices used to enhance learning. A job description to reflect the AoN vision was created. 
They clearly established a definition of active learning, through much brainstorming, discussion and debate.

Six traits of Active Learners:

  1. Questioning
  2. Purpose
  3. Choose
  4. Resilience
  5. Reflect
  6. Connect
These traits were explicitly taught through the students' Passion Projects - real life projects, such as gardening, coding, dance and sport. Framework provided for the students planning. A sharing day after 14 weeks. Now evaluating the process. Great to see these traits were connected and explicitly flowing back into their daily classrooms. 

Challenges:

  • Communication - 6 schools, 20 teachers, 45 students + whānau
  • Cohesion - 
  • Building relationships (only see the students once a week)
  • Priority Learners - trying to scaffold them for 
  • Technology - varied, accessibility
  • Work Load

Assessment

- created own, as hard to measure  - how to know and be an active learner. Self assessment for students before and after. Utilising Learning Maps. Evaluations include Video interviews, surveys, self assessment. 


Our students are:
Engaged, actively involved,
confident, feeling successful, willing to share, transferring their skills, & INSPIRED

http://aonteachers.blogspot.co.nz/

National Networking Hui - Session 5 #NNH

A collaborative, informal learning session

Part One: LCN and Personalised Learning

Presenters: Sue Ruxton, Bryce Mills & Leanne Strand (Murrays Bay Int)

The power of technology - Google opening up the learning for all -building partnerships between students, parents and the teachers. Goal Focused feedback - open up to all for commentary, and viewing. 
Positives: changing of culture, transparency in the learning, the different types of facilitation, risk taking, students take over - then we know we are on the right track.

The exciting bonus of this session was bumping into an ex student from LBC - I was very proud to hear Bryce speaking with such confidence, expertise and passion. Wehi nā! - awesome!

Part Two: Key Learning and Next Steps

Presenter: Vicki Robinson (Pokuru School) Te Awamutu (Rural and Roses Network)

Sustainability - Leadership  - principals and deputies. We meet twice a term. Different strengths & gifts. Central meeting space. Moving together as a network. The students are in the driving seat, owning their learning.


National Networking Hui - Session 4 #NNH

TELL ME I forget, TEACH ME I may remember, INVOLVE ME and I LEARN

Presenters: Roz Tuitama & Katherine Bhimy (Waikowhai Intermediate)

What a fantastic session - the presenters exuded energy and passion - they were determined for us all to be involved, to be loud, to have fun, and to learn in an engaging, exciting way!

Icebreakers...

Countdown Cutout - count up to 8, then 7, 6 etc. Add actions to emphasise the numbers.

HASH - Happy, Angry, Sad and Happy - Count up to 20, first Happy (# 1 - 5), Angrily (#6-10), Sad (#11-15) and to finish Happily (#16-20). Once you have that, how about lip syncing this!

Soundscapes - brainstorm ideas for possible scenarios, then in groups, create the sounds.

Show Me - Don't Tell Me

Creating Confident Writers - A3 images - using Post-it notes, write the words that come to mind as you view each image. Stick them onto the images. Share it. Slip it. Discuss it. Publish it. 
Hold onto the words - SNIP it - captions. DRAMA - recreating the image physically. 
Recreating the image - hot spotting - creating the story behind each character
Tēnā rawa atu koutou - thanks for the energy, entertainment and enthusiasm. 

Ka mau te wehi!

National Networking Hui - Keynote #NNH

Science isn't just a Subject

Presenter: Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl)

Why Science?


Michelle wanted to build and invent new technologies to help better the world. Preferred doing, rather than talking. In doing things, I learnt, I played, I was curious. I wanted to know why the toast browns, or how a DVD player.

Introducing Nanogirl

Nanogirl was created - got 'gunged' on 'What Now', and co founded OMG - Tech Rangers. Marshmallow catapoults - change the colour, change the title - and they are engaged. We teach them about their body - pulse, oxygen, not Science, just how to survive in the world, and how the world works. If you are afriad of Science, then how can you come up with decisions to important questions.

Our Challenge:

Remove the lab coats, promote Science, without mentioning Science, and provide the role models to 

inspire our learners

Nanogirl has certainly had a positive impact on my own children and their love of Science:

http://t.co/GDJJBLUN4G
https://t.co/XyBrjREz0v 


National Networking Hui - Session 2 #NNH

 Learning through Different Eyes

Presenter: Sharlene Carki Weston School, Oamaru (Whitestone Network)

Making a Difference


We started with a pep talk - we can all be "gooder" - making a difference! Great starting point...especially if you are a fan of Robert Frost...'The Road Not Taken'...a favourite of mine to start the year!

Lets be innovative - how can we target our priority learners? The journey itself is interesting. Yes - it is a challenge. Worked through - narrative and collaboration for success. The way we do things differently - it is not the sole responsibility of the class teacher, it is a whole school approach, problem solve, help to get this child learning. 

As an eleven week project as part of Sharlene's sabbatical, utilising the LCN model - Learning and Change Model. Started by surveying the students - results were surprising around Science. It seemed  that learning was happening in isolated pockets - they may not be making the connections. Professional Reading - Seminar Series 234. We were able to link into the Key Competencies.



The Grand Plan


The Kauri Team, a class of ten priority learners from across the school were selected. A shout out to the LEARNZ team - virtual learning field trip to provide practical, engaging, authentic learning, hands on experiences.

Last words...

The expectation from Principal, Nicky Ryan, is that a ten week project, is part of their teaching as inquiry. Working collaboratively, opening up the classrooms, it is a journey, we are not always sure of the answers. The teachers are able to lead their learning. If we keep doing what we have always done, then we will get what we have always got. Instead, be:

Innovative, Engaging and Practical.

National Networking Hui - Session 2 #NNH

 Learning through Different Eyes

Presenter: Sharlene Carki Weston School, Oamaru (Whitestone Network)

Making a Difference


We started with a pep talk - we can all be "gooder" - making a difference! Great starting point...especially if you are a fan of Robert Frost...'The Road Not Taken'...a favourite of mine to start the year!

Lets be innovative - how can we target our priority learners? The journey itself is interesting. Yes - it is a challenge. Worked through - narrative and collaboration for success. The way we do things differently - it is not the sole responsibility of the class teacher, it is a whole school approach, problem solve, help to get this child learning. 

As an eleven week project as part of Sharlene's sabbatical, utilising the LCN model - Learning and Change Model. Started by surveying the students - results were surprising around Science. It seemed  that learning was happening in isolated pockets - they may not be making the connections. Professional Reading - Seminar Series 234. We were able to link into the Key Competencies.


The Grand Plan


The Kauri Team, a class of ten priority learners from across the school were selected. A shout out to the LEARNZ team - virtual learning field trip to provide practical, engaging, authentic learning, hands on experiences.

Last words...

The expectation from Principal, Nicky Ryan, is that a ten week project, is part of their teaching as inquiry. Working collaboratively, opening up the classrooms, it is a journey, we are not always sure of the answers. The teachers are able to lead their learning. If we keep doing what we have always done, then we will get what we have always got. Instead, be:

Innovative, Engaging and Practical.