Wow…where to start on the last week? As mentioned in my last blog, getting together as ‘Learning Team Leaders’ has been awesome. Lea, Megan, Sally and myself have been nutting out what we feel Learning Hub’s, Learning Path’s, Learning Plan’s and Learning Journey’s are and what they will look like. This has been complex. Weaving through the different models, important values and many ICT tools that will help us with the implementation of a powerful, effective, personalised learning programme for all of our learners.
We have been so impressed with the groundbreaking work the SLL’s are doing with the creation of the Hobsonville Point Learning Model (see Steves Blog). Share and Hear time over the last couple of weeks has been both interesting and invigorating. Watching and hearing the Modules of Learning take shape gets more exciting by the day. These guys are really making some big moves and establishing some great foundations for our learning to come from.
So where did this leave us? Full of ideas, knowing how we wanted it to look and work, but still a little confused of where to start! So many facets, so many tools, so many structures that need to be put in place to support the flexibility. This ‘supported flexibility’ so crucial in developing truly personalised and powerful learning. Again, insert weight on shoulders. Thursday saw us work on some clarity. Confirming the purpose of; Learn Path’s – The term given to what a learners day/week/term may look like; Learning Journey’s – The learners record and reflection of their learning, using tools such as My Portfolio; The Learner Profile – The heart of the hub – the model that identifies what we value in learning and learners, allows for personalisation and underlies everything.
So after this, we again started looking at specifics and again got tied up in the finer details. Add more weight to shoulders. It took us stepping back for a bit friday morning to visit the heart of it all before, with the perfect timing and help of Maurie we really made a breakthrough. It began to click…all of our different experiences, perspectives and ideas came together and the model evolved…
Friday was our day, 13th September, 11.10am.
So what is the heart? The Learner Profile. This is where it all comes together. Where the habits take centre stage, where personal and academic excellence are pursued. The profile will clearly establish what we value, will kick-start conversations, provide opportunities for sharing and be the foundation of the co-construction of each learners individual Learn Path. Choice.
The pictures provide a better representation of what we established. We realised that we were being heavily influenced (and rightly so) by the Hermann’s Brain Model, Julia’s Circle’s and Hobsonville Primary Learner Profile. But what we needed to do was to pull it all together and make it Hobby. Making it ours and making it in a way that will work best for our learners. Whoever they will be. The white boards got a smashing. Love it.
So what did we discover about the profile?
- The habits cannot be divided into the 4 important thinking areas of strategic, innovative, relational and metacognitive they look different in every area and so sit at the centre of everything. Being resilient in relationships is very different to being resilient when innovating or creating.
- The model needs to provide explanation and examples – we need to empower our learners, whanau and communities with the language to explore their learning.
- Continuums are important as they allow for support and rigour. Making sure there is never a time to ‘stop’ working on something or improving.
- Evidence is equally important. It’s easy to say, but you also need to prove that you do. (That means all of us!).
- Most importantly it provides the structure, support, flexibility and rigour we have been looking for. Students can and will make it their own.
Only this picture can describe how I felt after we made this breakthrough. What a feeling!!! I am glad Maurie was there to emphasise the important step we had made. I am amped for us to present this to the rest of the team and for it to be pushed, tested and nutted out further.
So…weight is still on shoulders. However, I feel we have made one of the toughest steps. Establishing the beginnings of the Learning Hubs. Creating the first model (I’m sure there will be many adjustments) of the tool/model that will sit at the centre of our Learner Journey’s.
Bring on this week. Loving the direction. Wicked team. Good work guys 🙂