Deepen Teacher Inquiry - #Hackinginquiryforteachers

This week I sent my book - Deepen Teacher Inquiry off to the printer, and I have to say the process of putting to paper all that we have done in the last two years has been an inquiry in itself. So having said that...

I would like to dedicate this book to all of the educators I have worked with over the last two years...

To my tribe - we have challenged well-established beliefs and norms, stretched and grown through the actions we have taken in our inquiries.

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Tabitha Leonard
#wholesystemlearning - Change Leadership

“Old World” of classrooms and in the “New World” of Work.

"Moving between these two worlds, I have come to understand that there is a core set of survival skills for today’s workplace, as well as for lifelong learning and active citizenship—skills that are neither taught nor tested even in our best school systems."

The demands of skills and dispositions for the 21st C workforce include collaboration, communication, critical analysis and creative problem-solving. These skills are even more crucial today than they have ever been.

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Tabitha Leonard
#thechemistryoflearning - Learning what matters

Those of us who are old enough to have school-aged children had a set of experiences in school that define for us what learning is supposed to look like, and in most cases, our past experience still shapes how we think about school. But these preconceptions may also prevent us from clearly understanding how very different the experience of schooling must be for children growing up in a new century. So What matters in the 21st Century?

The demands of the skills and dispositions of the 21st C workforce include collaboration, communication, critical analysis and creative problem-solving. These skills are even more crucial today than they have ever been.

So the landscape of what is essential in education is changing, and schools and educational institutions need to change with it. - But How?
Well, we need to start with WHY...
The “WHY” of schools and educational institutions need to be reset - refined and clarified. When today's educational institutions were set up, they were in place to create citizens who were work ready for an industrial age. The purpose of education was to teach students low-level cognitive skills, train them to perform repetitive tasks quickly and error-free, and eliminate all traces of creativity and innovation. In many cases, that is the system under which many schools still operate. But the tide is shifting - SLOWLY - are you ready?

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Tabitha Leonard
2019 - Let's make it all about the learning process, building of knowledge and making measures of what matters.

As we come off the silly season and turn our attention to the year ahead, its a bit of a tradition for people to reflect, to set some goals. Perhaps you have a new year resolution or two. I have never been much of a resolutioner. But I do like to make some decisions about how I will be and do for the year.

I thought I would do something a little different in my new years' reflection. A video rather than a post. A video in which I share a little bit of my story. The last three years of work for me have been the biggest and best of my whole working life. 
In 2016 I made a decision to act on a dream. That action literally felt like I was stepping off an incredibly high cliff with the hope that I would fly rather than fall flat on my face. In this video, I share a little about what and why I decided to act, and where my action is heading for 2019.

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Tabitha Leonard
#THE-CHEMISTRY-OF-LEARNING - TEACHER AGENCY

Have you ever thought about the learning grapple that your students experience on a daily basis? For some, its a grapple every day, in every lesson.  How exhausting must that be?

I've been reflecting and thinking about the learners I have had in my classes over the last 20 years, and I have come to the conclusion that the learners in any classroom fall into four broad categories that a teacher can use to inform decisions about how best to support a student and grow their learner agency. These headings are very broad and are not intended to be taken literally.

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Tabitha Leonard
#THE-CHEMISTRY-OF-LEARNING - STUDENT AGENCY

Yesterday we ran the first ever T3 - Teacher Think Tank. Educators from five schools came together to Un-think | Re-think | Out-think what student agency means for their students in their context.

Student agency is about the actions that learners need to take to keep learning happening. Maintaining the process of making connections and the making of meaning to enable learning. To achieve this, learners need to truly know and understand themselves. Learners need to be able to identify WHY they are learning WHAT they are learning and identify what support they need to enable that learning.
Learners who have high levels of agency are able to manage the learning grapple. Agentic learners are able to drive their learning.
 

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Tabitha Leonard
#Deepen-Teacher-Inquiry - #Curiosity

Now, why is curiosity important?  When I unpack learning with teachers, the one word that comes up every time and as always ranked at the top of a list of essential elements of learning and something that’s important to nurture and engage is curiosity.
I wonder why that is?
Curiosity is the precursor to learning. Curiosity is the thing that helps build connections for learners between 'what I know now' and 'what I am learning now'. Curiosity facilitates the making of the meaning of what we are learning. Curiosity is REALLY important to deepen learning. To enable learning that sticks!

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Tabitha Leonard