In order for students to take charge of their own learning they need to be able to discuss it. To talk about what they are learning with their peers, teachers, whanau and wider community.
I attended two conferences last week, the BYOD conference at Hobsonville Point Secondary School and the Maths Symposium at Manurewa Intermediate School. Both days I found myself reflecting on student voice and how without, learning is hypothetical concept. To actualize and cement learning, students need to be able to discuss and vocalize what they are learning about. This was a common theme over both days, even though both had very different foci.
Today I was also privileged to join my peers and colleagues at our Graduation. The guest speaker Mr Andrew Patterson, spoke of how learning needs to revolutionize, how the old education system no longer fulfilled future needs. Be a disruptor, be innovative. He referenced several learning initiatives and 'disruptors' including Pat Sneddon and the Manaiakalani Trust. This made me elated, to know that I am on the future path of innovative 'disruptors', that by doing what has never been done before within the Maniakalani Digital Teaching Academy [MDTA] I may be able to help lead learning in the future.
Heading back to school tomorrow to teach and learn with my class of 29 year 7 and 8 students I am recharged, inspired and eager to help them be the best that they can be.