So what has been pre-occupying my thinking?
Students and their learning
Teachers and their teaching
- Why finding excuses in the kids for why kids can't learn is so ingrained in teaching
- Depersonalising the teaching from the teacher as a person and linking teaching with learning.
Designing learning spaces
- Understanding the learning environment as the "third teacher
- The need to have principles of learning to shape and inform the design of learning spaces
- Does the space shape the practice?
Teaching as the learning profession
- Building the learning within professional teams to deal with the complexities of teaching, not just training for delivery to achieve results
- Teachers' agency and teachers leading learning across the school
- Teacher inquiry and knowledge building and the place and nature of networks
- Learning conversation that capture new learning and how to further develop and share the learning
- Identifying what's worth sharing with others in the profession.
Transforming schools for 21st century
- The tension between developing goals for schools and keeping an open-mind for unforeseen possibilities
- The invitation to engage the imagination to reconceptualise schooling
- Moving beyond best practice leading the rest to developing next practice.
Over the next little while I'll muse more publicly here about these, but would welcome any thoughts.