Twitter is a good way to collaborate and communicate with educators and I really enjoy participating in the chats.
A) – you are connected with amazing experienced B) responses from participants’ and sharing of ideas is really helpful. I think learning is best when we get the opportunity to collaborate and discuss on various topics.
Past one week we have had two interesting chats. One was focused on single subject teachers and other on Enhancement in PYP part 2.
As Sonya teBorg puts it …it all started with a tweet. For the single subject teacher’s the idea was to get them involved to discuss and collaborate sharing all their success and challenges.
Participants were from various schools and countries. Kristen Blum and Sonya took the initiative in moderating the chat. There were several questions for discussion.
1.What is your biggest reward as a SS teacher?
2.What is your most pressing challenge?
3.How would you describe your level of integration with homeroom teachers?
4.How do you support student agency in your subject area?
The responses from all educators expert in their area whether music, P.E , V.A etc was wonderful. One never gets all the answers to questions or come to conclusions. We have to leave somethings to ponder upon and carry further for the next chat.
My takeaway from the chat are a few things:
Sonya: I use “Think – Make – Improve” a good strategy which I am going to implement.
Edna: “Having shared driving questions across different areas is helpful” Especially when we say PYP is Tds.
Edna-Integration is often best through concepts, attitudes, ATLs… while staying true to specific SS ‘content’
Edna- I’m interested to see what (who!) you see as a single subject teacher. How are you defining this?
Kristen Blum said- Biggest question about transdisciplinary learning currently is how to integrate if PE, for example, is working on 4 units throughout the year, and homeroom is working on 6.?
The 2nd chat on Enhanced PYP Part 2 was very good. We had amazing questions put up by our moderator Sharyn.
My take away was going deeper into understanding –What is SOLO Taxonomy?
More SOLO links include this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XrxiHHHaQA
Q3 is taken from the chat : What might a student language profile look like? How is it developed, monitored and utilised?
No matter how much I study and read I am thinking how to apply , take it further with all staff members.
Two of my teachers who attended the IB conference came back very impressed with Taryn’s presentation of being a rebel. They shared their experience in our collaborative meeting and carried out an activity by asking teachers of one idea that Bugs them and one idea to be a Rebel. The first baby steps for most of the staff members. This small activity set them thinking of CHANGE AND IMPACT that will be created in their classroom and as a whole school.
When I reflect upon in the past years when I attended the IB PYP trainings. As participants, we were shown a video about “Paradigm Shift”. If you agree the video was very popular and I remember we were showing it to our parents during coffee mornings, to all members of staff during in-house PD sessions, for marketing purpose and everywhere possible. The video had a message of a paradigm shift and preparing students for future. (Am not going into details of the video )
Once again in the recent conference the buzz word was “rebel”. Thankyou Taryn for initiating and taking the bold step. As I think of CHANGE and IMPACT which will be created with each one of us, whether we are in the capacity as leaders or teachers in our respective schools.
I would like suggestions, ideas from leadership perspective of how this CHANGE and IMPACT of being a rebel be created as a whole school.
Recently Cathie Matthew shard on twitter- “Ready for my Choice Voice and Agency workshop, giving teacher choice and voice during PD.” I loved the ideas which she has shared.
We have staff who are in their first year teaching in a PYP school. Some teachers have taken the idea of Learner Agency and are working around it in their classroom. .At the moment it’s a like a tug of war , sometimes it sways towards no change and sometimes towards being a rebel .
WE DON’T RESIST CHANGE WE RESIST BEING CHANGED
How can I get the feeling of procrastination out of the teachers?
How can I reduce the anxiety by giving support to everyone in my team?.
Our mantra is “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” ― John Quincy Adams.
Our discussion amongst staff members continues with the below strategy as we want to bring in this change now and from the next academic year.
What would you do ???
DO NOTHING NOT SURE DO SOMETHING
I find that am not alone. With this platform with so many educators sharing about taking risk to be a rebel. I am sure the support will always be there as it’s not just about me it’s about a whole school approach. An approach to share with network regions to join hands.
Though I did not attend the conference but as we know technology played a very important role for me to get time to time updates from collegues and the IB organization.
Most of the videos are now being shared by the IB
Few updates and things shared by colleagues.
Pak Tee Ng spoke of: ‘Teach less and learn more’.
“Being a Head of school is about having the skills of a CEO and the heart of a teacher”
Taryn B- “Be a rebel, not a robot” When was the last time you took something and added value to it? Great provocation
- Geoffrey Derry – Is innovation just a buzz word? “Fall in love with the problem, not the solution…make learning better.. don’t do old stuff with new stuff”
Am working out on how videos can be uploaded .
This is one blog which particularly impresses me and gives me the motivation to think as well as write. “The Principal of Change – George Couros”
Just the way he mentioned my work too sits in the drafts waiting for it to finish. Therefore, completing and posting on my blog has been an irregular affair. Probably I focus too much on perfection rather than just penning down my thoughts.
To think of it I have been learning everyday… through friends, social media and day to day activities. I am constantly reading others educators blog and am a big fan of Maggie Hos-McGrane
George mentions in one was his blog – Have you learned anything new in the past three months.
I had been reading Maggie’s blog where she shared a strategy with learner Profile and International Mindedness in one of her workshops .
I think it is a good strategy to take up in staff PD about the PYP Learner Profile and discuss International Mindedness.
Diamond Ranking is one of my most favourite tool. I have used in classroom with students to prioritize but using the same strategy once again in staff will be exciting.
- What do we want our students to be?.
Diamond ranking in Table groups.
- Which attribute of the Learner Profile is most important to International Mindedness – within a school, within a class and within a subject area.