21C Learning

Finding the Story that will change your school – EDUWELLS – Education Article

You can teach a old dog new tricks but achieving this can be a unique story for each animal. In our quest to re-design the learning experience at our school, with structural changes focused on the uniqueness of each child, we have found the steepest challenge to be that of helping teachers shift and update their understanding, assumptions and habits. But for me as a school leader my recent approach has been one that appreciates that each teacher requires a…

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Part 9 – Down to business – EDUWELLS – Education Article

We’re off to a good start in 2019. After a year of research, debate, concern and excitement, we’ve had two teacher-only days reimagining school and looking at really shifting teacher’s understanding about what our rebirth is about and what it might look like. Over the two days, we ensured existing departments had hours to look at what the structural decisions meant to their dept, we had a full staff look at our schools official approach to learning and student agency…

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Understanding classroom #Creativity agendas? – EDUWELLS – Education Article

I’ve come to realise that my own promotion of “Creativity” in the classroom is born of two conflicting ideals due to me not clearly understanding the hidden agendas in well published thoughts on the issue. Be it the educator’s favourite, Ken Robinson claiming schools kill it, the neoliberal’s friend Richard Florida explaining The Rise of the Creative Class, or Sylvia Duckworth outlining the benefits of creativity in the classroom. It was an excellent challenge to the idea of what various…

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Part 6 Timetables – EDUWELLS – Education Article

So far we’ve had it all! Joy, pain, excitement, anger, research, counter-research, warnings and lots of encouragement. We have had feedback from all aspects of the community and the consensus is still predominantly positive towards significant change. Another aspect that is becoming common is teachers experiencing tangible examples of contemporary education and quickly turning from sceptical to enthusiastic. “Now I’ve visited and seen it in action, I can’t get over how the senior students were so naturally working with and…

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Part 8 We’re half way! – EDUWELLS – Education Article

What a fantastic year! The first of our two year school redesign. It’s been a year of excitement and fear about possibilities and the unknown. We have had to debate the nature of and reasons for school. We have jumped for joy and also looked for employment elsewhere. We have all fought for our beliefs and had our assumptions challenged. We have fired research papers at each other over no man’s land causing only little damage to these entrenched assumptions.…

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Timeless Learning [A book review] – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Book: Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools By Ira Socol, Pam Moran, Chad RatliffReview by Richard Wells @EduWells I’m in the middle of leading a two year transformation of our high school and so when the book Timeless Learning was highlighted to me (thanks @andykaifong), it looked like a perfect companion. I thought I’d add my perspective to the popular quotes from the book in regards to my own school’s redesign of teaching and learning.  The three…

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