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
#Deepen-teacher-inquiry - Ah-ha Moments Continued...

Last week I shared four teacher Ah-ha moments. curated from the previous twelve months. Ah-ha moments that have been a result of the work we have done together.
 
For me, it is about empowering teachers and leaders to innovate within their practice - to facilitate student learning in a way that grows the capability of the learner - to develop all-around learners and learning.

Through Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Teachers question - with curiosity - students about their learning so that gaps in the learning can be identified and filled. All done to help a student grow in their learning to reach certain milestones.

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Tabitha Leonard