By Claire Buist, 2013 eFellowship recipient
Me haere whakamuri kia haere whakamua
We must journey back if we want to journey forward
As 2013 draws to a close I need to reflect on the most wonderful year of professional learning that I have been privileged to participate in. 2013 has been a game changer for me and the way that I teach. I have always been passionate about eLearning and the learning opportunities it has provided but over the past 2-3 years my focus has become less about the tool and more about the pedagogy.
The real game changer has been centred around three terms that have been talked about in depth this year: Ubiquity, Agency and Connectedness. I have always promoted connectedness and out of this, over time, ubiquity has grown exponentially along with an increasing accessibility to devices along with more deliberate use of e-tools, blogs, flipped maths lessons and GAFE, etc.
The clincher for me this year has been the sense of learner agency and the real impact that this has had on the learners that I have been working with. This impact has included -
The list goes on... As 2014 rapidly approaches, I think about my role as a leader in my school and how I can ensure these shifts become just what we do...
Helping me put my plans in place are my notes from a CORE Ed Breakfast that I attended by Karen Melhuish-Spencer. I find myself scanning back through her slides and clarifying my own head space with regards to how I might lead discussions with the team at our first planning meeting later in January. We have already had conversations about our next steps and all teachers have established professional goals that work towards our vision of achieving student agency.
These things matter in the here and now:
So as I get ready for 2014, I get ready to continue to learn - who dares to teach must continue to learn! I have begun to develop my own teaching e-Portfolio as I take on NAPP14 and the team of teachers, the students and their families have begun co-constructing Learner Portfolios that will include learning paths, digital artefacts of learning and on-going reflections.
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