What if you started a space like the HUB for a school? A learning space by day a collaboration space by night. Enabling students to pull in the learning at the pace where they are ready compared to a the continual flow from a teacher
Cathy – Brisbane CEO – open 1 to 2 schools per year. Looking at architecture and design. Getting staff on onboard and moving away from industrial model.
Answer: would rather have vision than architecture but both would be better. Allowing teachers to be learners / co-researchers / co learners. If you are going to do this then it needs to be reflected in your CPD. Protect the time for this to do. You can change things in two or three years. Loves the term democratization of learning. Use of language control and command vs empowerment and engagement. Has been a great tour and a great team.
Lizz Hutton – Brindebella, why do students loose engagement from kindergarten as they approach year 12. Looking for coolaboration
Jonathan shaema – Board member at Brindebella. KEY QUESTION: What key strategic ideas will retain students in learning at new site.
Lester – Concordia in Adelaide – oldest Lutheran school in SA. Going through a physical planing process. How to align the physical space and the pedigogical space. Great kids but want to get them engaged in learning. Looking at resource centers in the modern school. Are resources people not just books? KEY QUESTION: What does best practice collaboration mode look like?
Answer: some schools if you get vision right teacher teams can develop without coercion. Idea of voluntary weekend away.
Rhonda – cartholic education Brisbane. Planning design in new schools.
Answer: more about vision for learning. Having a strong vision and then finding the spaces to match that.
Marcelle – Adelaide, has a ‘black space’ industrial complex where arculitecture is flexible. Second campus in lower socioeconomic area. Trying to create an environment that is supportive for students in this area. Enjoys innovation and unless you collaborate you don’t know what you don’t know. Utilizing a space is dependent not only dependent on space, you need the teachers and students on board.
Answer: start with the objective of student engagement. Different educational ideas, structures and architecture will apply in different contexts but keep student engagement as you goal.
Dave Grundy – excited to be working at NBCS. Wants to bring staff on board with the journey.
Brett – headmaster at a collage in Brisbane. Developing reputation as an accademic school. ‘Uses dimensions of learning’ Wants to keep accademic reputation but us aware of how traditional learning can result in difficulty at university. Looking at library of the future and building a STEM program and looking for how ideas from across the world can improve the program. KEY QUESTION: do we develop a forward thinking student relevant student owned learning culture?
Answer: had seen some good examples. Some examples are what you would not do. Found answers to questions he was not learning.
Bruce – Sydney Anglican schools. Looking at how schools are built, how technology is used, how to get teachers get on board. KEY QUESTION – How do we successfully create and design with a successful language for collaboration?
Answer: teachers need to unlearn how they have been trained to be collaborative. Without the vision it is s…t . The organization needs to implement the vision to every individual.
Stephen Harris – What does professional space look like in a primary school? Design make a move, build, media centre.
San di’ago – selected teachers were retreating from student directed to teacher directed. Get the ‘classroom space into the common space’. Develop learning space culture. Breakdown barriers between disciplines. Develop a common language. What common language do you need to develop so students are getting a unified message? Getting children all to have a great learning experience that is not dependent on the teacher they have for each subject.
Knowledge worker age – employment for a project rather than a staff ratio based on a number of students. Does class size language cause management thinking not engagement thinking? Can we allocate funding and budgets according to the pedagogy you are trying to instill.
Why do students want to burn their books when they leave school? Can project based learning cause students to treasure their learning?
Three generation groups
– 3 to 7 year olds the i-generation.
– 8 to 13 year olds the web 2 generation
– 14+ the social media generation
How is teaching and leading going to change as these generations come through.
Power is Freedom!
Is there only one pathway to academic strength? We are moving from the push-to-pull era.
How can I contribute to a culture of learning? Does what we do reflect what we are saying?
What are we prepared to change to shift our culture so that everyone is able to succeed?
Paradigms shift? Individual achievement to collaboration.
Does collaboration we focus on where the play is at? Or do we look to where we want the play to go?